Barcelona + La Sagrada Familia
No introduction needed for this awe-inspiring piece of work. It is not just an architectural masterpiece, but also a living testament of a man's ingenuity, aspirations and attention to detail. This man is none other than Antoni Gaudi. While photography could try its best to register its architecture intricacies and spatial splendour, it is the thought that went behind these designs that truly amazes the world till today which cannot be captured. His thoughts could be felt, touched and witnessed as you stroll down the tower spiral stairs and peer through every opening, run your fingers through the paraboloid stone profiles, and let glorious light bath you through the stained glass.
These days, many architects tend to focus on the overall massing and form, the ubiquitous, meaningless and random facade wall patterns (especially in Singapore), all created and assembled arbitrarily on a computer screen. Perhaps, we have lost the ability to design beyond our digital screens. We have forgotten how to create spaces that take our breathe away; that make people pause, admire and lose consciousness of time. We have forgotten or often ignored the subtle details that turn construction into art. Just as what Mies van der Rohe once said, "God is in the details". And only with the Sagrada Familia, such divine heartfelt experience would stand the test of time, in this case, 132 years.
Facts and Figures
Date of Trip: 29 April to 8 May 2013
Accommodation: Ayre Hotel Rosellon
Equipment: Samsung NX1000, 16mm f2.4, 30mm f2, 85mm f1.4, 50-200mm; Samsung EX2F