Gaudí in Context
Discover Barcelona’s Eixample and the jewels of Catalan Modernism with the eyes of an architect
One of the most admired architects of the twentieth century and the great master of Catalan Modernism, the figure of Antoni Gaudí is inextricably linked to the city of Barcelona.
To understand the evolution of the artist and his prolific legacy, we will walk through the heart of the Eixample district, the city extension designed by engineer Ildefons Cerdà at the end of the 19th century, which served as an architectural showcase for the nascent Catalan industrial bourgeoisie.
To understand Gaudí’s work in all its complexity, we invite you to discover the urban and cultural context as well as his most significant architectural concepts
After the demolition of the medieval city walls in the middle of the 19th century, the Eixample master plan, conceived as an extension of the existing city, laid the foundations for Barcelona to become a modern metropolis.
Bourgeois patronage and striving for self-expression enabled a generation of extraordinary architects – with Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and Lluís Domènech i Montaner in the lead – to let their imagination run free, allowing Modernism, the Catalan Art Nouveau movement, to flourish in Barcelona.
We will retrace the urban transformation and the events that gave rise to an unprecedented phenomenon of universal artistic expression.
Who will be guiding you through the Eixample district?
A local architect of Guiding Architects (The world’s largest network of architecture tour companies, established in 1996):
- We deliver relevant, accurate and up-to-date information in a dynamic and entertaining way.
- We design authentic, off-the-beaten-track experiences that strive to exceed your expectations.
- We provide insightful reflection and inspirational views on the city that only passionate architects like us can convey.
Selection of projects included in the tour
Passatge Permanyer | Jeroni Granell i Barrera
Jardins de la Torre de les Aigues | Josep Oriol Mestres
Casa Milà – “La Pedrera” | Antoni Gaudí
Mansana de la Discòrdia | Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí
Casa Batlló | Antoni Gaudí
Duration: 2,5h – 3,5h (depending on group size)
Transport: By foot
Service: Experienced architect as a guide, reservations
Languages: German, Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Dutch
Max participants: 25 pax/group