I visited this breathtaking cathedral on a University field trip and was aghast at the innovation that Gaudi brought. Perhaps it is more that technology has caught up with Gaudi or may be like a number of architectural visionaries he did not need to see the physical manifestation of his design in his lifetime to have personal satisfaction?
Using advanced aeronautical design software, Mark Burry and other architects have been able to reverse engineer Gaudi’s models from leftover shards. Today, Burry is among a group of architects leading construction on the church’s central tower, which, when completed, will stand 566 feet above the ground, making it the tallest church on Earth.
But the fact that they had to use 21st century software to realize a 19th century vision stands as testament to Gaudi’s avant garde design language.
(Via Archinect.com Feed.)