Let's all hail the Freedom Tower, soon to replace Manhattan's World Trade Center.

OK, Now let's dream an alternate conclusion:
Gaudi's Grand Vision

Any visitor to Barcelona is familiar with at least some of the works of genius architect Antonio Gaudi. His modern, organic style still seems fresh today, as it was 100 years ago. (See links below to learn more about Gaudi.)
According to Juan Matamala (son of Gaudi's sculptor and right hand man), Antonio Gaudi was, in 1908, approached by a New York businessman to design a Grand Hotel for New York City. In 1956, Matemala presented a series of renderings done by himself, as well as, several crude sketches purportedly done by Gaudi himself . Altough there remain some doubts, as to the authenticity of the concept, it has nevertheless been presented in numerous Gaudi biographies. In any case, the renderings fully represent the spirit and style of Gaudi and stand on their own. Anyone looking for grandeur need look no further.

The people of Barcelona, in their continuing effort to complete Gaudi's fantastic Church of the Sacred Family(Sagrada Famila) show now, as they did in the past, a great openess of vision, in that Gaudi's architecture belongs in the present and the future.

It need not be a hotel. An office building would do (see 1952 color sketch of a Gaudian office building below).

I like to picture a NYC skyline filled with his organic/non-linear shapes. OK, we're allowed to dream, aren't we?

 Matamala's Grand Hotel sketch  cross section-Matamala

The above concept sketches, some dated 1952, are by Juan Matemala. The following 3 are those allegedly by Gaudi himself.

 NY Hotel elevation by Gaudi  floor plan sketch by Gaudi  lobby detail by Gaudi

 Gaudian NY Office Blg. by Ignasi Brugueras Llobet

 The 1952 sketch on the left is by Ignasi Brugueras Llobet who claims Gaudi in 1916, had similar plans for a New York Office building.

Inspiration for creating this webpage was sparked by Paul Laffoley's article "FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION-Gaudi's NYC Vision", which appeared in the Mar-Apr '02 edition of JUXTAPOZ magazine.
Page 2 is an excerpt from that article.

Gaudi's works, a very small sampling here: pics of Sagrada Familia & Casa Mila and Casa Battlo. Try the Gaudiclub link below for much more.

Other relevant links:


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