Park Güell books
Park Güell books
Park Güell in Barcelona has converted into one of the major artistic works of the 20th century. Its brilliant creator, architect Antoni Gaudí, managed to combine traditional elements with new technologies in order to transform a rustic park into a magical and allegorical place.
The Park Güell books published by Dosde reveal all the details related to Gaudí's most utopian project. The reader will be able to explore the most emblematic spaces of this monument declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984, in which art and nature are combined harmoniously with original architectonic solutions combined with heavy symbolism.
History of the Park Güell
As Dosde's books on Park Güell explain, in 1899 architect Antoni Gaudí took on the utopian commission of his patron, industrialist Eusebi Güell, to design a select residential area far away from the city that would allow its inhabitants to be in closer contact with nature.
In books on Gaudí, it is explained how Park Güell ended up being an unfinished project due to the lack of interest of investors. The strict sale conditions of the plots of land available and the absence of public transport were some of the factors that contributed to the failure of the development, which came to a definitive halt in 1914, coinciding with the start of World War I.
Despite being an unfinished project, Park Güell is considered one of Gaudí's best works. Nowadays, the property belongs to the City Council, and has converted into one of the most visited places in the city, whose main monuments are gathered together in these books on Barcelona.
A model garden-city
As you'll discover in this book on Park Güell, the project devised by Eusebi Güell was inspired by the new urban development models appearing in Great Britain designed to combat the massification of industrial society. The Barcelonan industrialist had spent several periods in England, which meant that he was probably already familiarised with the ideas of the influential town developer Ebenezer Howard, who defended a new type of city that would combine the best of traditional rural life with modern life, in order that its inhabitants could enjoy healthier surroundings.
Gaudí knew how to perfectly integrate Güell's propositions with his own design, which initially included 60 triangular plots of land aimed at houses and different common areas, including a large plaza bordered by a meandering style bench and a market of Greco-Roman inspiration. All the elements of these common areas obey a complex symbolic plan, which, as revealed in this Gaudí biography, gave rise to the most varied of interpretations.
The symbolism of Park Güell
As explained in the books on Park Güell, when devising the urbanisation, Güell and Gaudí wove a symbolic scheme that set Park Güell within the historical context of Barcelona of the time. With this work, the two men aspired to combine the ‘ideals’ of progress that inspired young industrial society with Catalan Christian traditions, to help combat the loss of values that they believed were due to the leap from a largely agrarian society to a much more industrial one. Thus, most of the symbols on the stairway are of cultural character, while religious symbology is used in the higher part of the park.