I really needed a smaller aperture lens to photograph this properly, but you get the idea. Lovely living room, most of the view out the window is the Pacific Ocean. The house is really modern in design, but the wood keeps it warm and inviting. I just love it, and I’m glad that my friends are making this their home.
Very few places in the world can boast of having been the capital of a Roman province (Hispania Ulterior), the capital of an Arab State (Al-Andalus) and a Caliphate. Such splendor is palpable in the intellectual wealth of this city, that has seen the birth of figures like Seneca, Averroes, and Maimonides. The historic quarter of Cordoba is a beautiful network of small streets, alleys, squares and whitewashed courtyards arranged around the Mezquita, which reflects the city’s prominent place in the Islamic world during medieval times.
Park Güell, know worldwise as a showcase for the work of Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudí, was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Güell. The park It was inspired by the English garden city movement which is why it has the English name Park rather than the Catalan word “Parc”.
The currently lush site was a rocky hill with little vegetation and few trees, called Muntanya Pelada (Bare Mountain). It already included a large country house called Larrard House, and was next to a neighborhood of upper class houses called La Salut. The intention was to exploit the fresh air (well away from smoky factories) and beautiful views from the site, with sixty triangular lots provided for luxury houses.
Ultimately, only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudí. One was intended to be a show house, but on being completed in 1904 was put up for sale, and as no buyers came forward, Gaudí, at Güell’s suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and his father in 1906.
Park Güell is skillfully designed and composed the Park to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The buildings flanking the entrance, are very original with remarkable, fantastically shaped roofs and unusual pinnacles. They fit in well with the use of the park as pleasure gardens and seem relatively inconspicuous in the landscape when one considers the flamboyance of other buildings designed by Gaudí.
This house, where Gaudí lived from 1906 to 1926, was built by Francesc Berenguer in 1904. It contains original works by Gaudí and several of his collaborators. It is now the Gaudi House Museum. In 1969 it was declared a historical artistic monument of national interest.
Part of me thinks — COOL! Part of my thinks Mosquitoes?! But that said, I’d still love to spend some time in one of these domes. Well, I’d have @finallychelle’s Annie clean it first. :)
This is a dome that shows up often in illustrated books on Islamic art and architecture. Behrens-Abouseif has a discussion of the difficulty of working an abstract pattern onto a curving shape. It is a graceful structure.