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A Map of Gaudi Buildings Barcelona: The Top 11 Fantastical Buildings

by Christian Petzold - updated November 28, 2022

Gaudi is arguably Barcelona’s most famous architect and a  synonym of the architectural style of Catalan Modernism. He designed and developed several projects in the city and is also responsible for creating some of its most iconic landmarks, such as Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and the Sagrada Familia.

Yet, there are tons of other Gaudi-designed projects found around Barcelona that you might not have heard of.

Map of Gaudi Buildings Barcelona

Browse through the interactive google map below or explore our list of the top Gaudi buildings in Barcelona. Don’t miss the chance to take a picture next to one of these architectural gems on your next visit.

1. Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens Barcelona 2

Casa Vicens was Gaudi’s first project in 1883. Manuel Vicens I Montaner, a Girona businessman, commissioned Gaudi to design this project. Gaudi’s work on the building began in 1885, and the construction on the building finished in 1888. The building is an example of Gaudi’s early career before being commissioned for major projects including Park Güell or Sagrada Familia.

Gaudí’s style changed considerably from his early gothic work at Casa Vicens to a more modernist style for Park Güell and Casa Batlló, among other buildings built later in his career. The irregularly shaped building has a façade covered in dark red trencadís tiles, while the roof has red tiles and green lead.

2. Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

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The first draft of the project was done on paper in 1902. The final design was not completed until 1910. Construction began on October 5 of that year, and on February 24, 1914, Gaudí took his last walk through the finished building.

He made the building of load-bearing brick with cut stone trim. Its façades are decorated with ceramic in various shades of orange and yellow, which were inspired by the Catalan flag. The roof covers are orange ceramic tiles shaped to look like large leaves; at either end are chimneys with tall pots that serve as ventilators for the kitchen stove inside that still operate today.

Steel frames and stone facades supported the nine-story building, enabling Gaudi to experiment freely with curves, including an attic filled with 270 different parabolic arches. As with many other Gaudi works, this was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The facility is now a museum with guided tours available to the public.

Casa Milá is one of the most extravagant houses you can imagine. Find out everything you need to know to visit and skip the waiting line.

“Antoni Gaudí’s architecture is a poetic dream. It is a multifaceted mirror of life, a celebration of color and form, the song of an artist who reveled in the joy of his art.”

— George R. Collins

3. Park Guell

Park Guell 3

Gaudi’s design was not just avant-garde but he wanted to create a garden landscape that was wholly unique and innovative and intended to provide Barcelona with beauty, peace, drama, stability, and movement.

Park Güell is a must-see for every tourist, with its curved chairs shaped like sea serpents and walkways leading up to a viewpoint with a magnificent panoramic view of Barcelona. Gaudi spent decades in his home here, La Torre Rosa, during the latter part of his life. Tourists may explore the inside and view some of his original furniture designs.

4. Colonia Güell

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When Gaudi’s long-time patron and businessman Eusebi Güell started the construction of Colonia Güell in 1898 on a suburban development for his employees, he commissioned Gaudi to build a neighborhood church.

By the time the Güell family abandoned the project in 1914, he had only finished the lower nave or crypt. However, even though the structure was only half constructed, it displayed Gaudi’s architectural ability and structural innovations. 

5. La Sagrada Familia

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La Sagrada Familia is the most important tourist attraction in Barcelona because of its unusual design and size. The building began in 1882 and is up for completion in 2026.

The architect’s goal was to create a perfect, pure form of God’s house on Earth as a temple dedicated to his faith. To achieve this, he used nature as his guide for its design and construction, even going so far as copying tree roots for building pillars.

The design of La Sagrada Familia includes three large basilica naves that form a cross shape with an immense central nave which reinforces the impression that it’s built on solid ground rather than suspended in the sky. Gaudi’s original sketches for the church continue to be displayed in the National Art Museum of Catalonia.

The main building comprises multiple towers, one for each apostle and three over the transept crossing representing the Holy Trinity, and a large central buttress symbolizing a mountain from which flows a river. Inside, visitors will find many biblical scenes depicted through mosaic figures on walls and ceilings.

“Gaudí was a creator of dreams, a poet of construction, a painter of structures. His work united nature and architecture in a new and poetic language.”

— Salvador Dalí

6. Palau Güell

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This private residence for Eusebi Güell, one of Gaudi’s first works, was a pinnacle of Catalan Art Nouveau architecture when it was completed in 1888, just in time for the Universal Exhibition that came to town that year.

Guests would arrive through carriages via a pair of gigantic wrought-iron gates inspired by seaweed and horsewhips and then continue through a succession of well-appointed rooms to a towering main parlor designed for entertaining. And inside, you’ll see a parabolic pyramid with a vast domed roof.

7. Finca Güell

In 1884, the Güell family commissioned Gaudi to design this building. Because of the architecture and unique design, it has become a major tourist spot. Gaudi has constructed the building in a rationalist style influenced by neo-Gothic and art nouveau. 

Vertical lines and terraces with asymmetrical openings on its facades, exterior walls, windows, door frames, and arches characterize Finca Guell. There are also two towers at either end of the facade facing each other from opposite directions, creating an appearance similar to that found on Arab mosques or cathedrals. 

The architect Antoni Gaudi gave his name to one of these towers as he admired Moorish architecture. The towers symbolized conquest but they eventually removed them to create more space for the family’s home on the upper floors (which it still is).

“Gaudí’s work is a reminder that architecture can be a form of poetry, a language of the soul.”

— Frank Gehry

8. Casa Batlló

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In 1904, this refurbished mansion for Joseph Batlló was a landmark structure in the prestigious Passeig de Gracia neighborhood.

Gaudi’s outlandish design drew the attention of passersby, with a roof resembling the back of a dragon, a series of tile mosaics that appear to change color as you walk by, and columns and balconies resembling the discs of a spine. The architecture is a fever dream of design, with authenticity by an unconventional architect.

Casa Batlló is an incredible work of art inspired by marine life and nature. Find out more about its history, tickets, and more!

9. Casa Calvet

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Casa Calvet is a building built by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. He constructed it in 1906 for Pere Joan and Francesca Solé Turra, one of the famous Catalan textile families that migrated to France after the Spanish Civil War.

The house was an experimental work in which Gaudí experimented with new ideas that would later become characteristic of his mature style: structural sculptures integrated into walls, a large courtyard, interior decoration with natural details such as trees and plants.

“Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona are not just architectural marvels; they are living works of art that continue to inspire and captivate.”

— Rafael Moneo

10. College of Teresians

In 1899, Gaudi took over this institutional project, which consisted of a rectangular structure with classrooms, nuns’ quarters, and a beautiful wrought-iron gate. The ground floor facade is very sober and austere while the upper floors have elaborate decorations giving it a playful appearance.

The large windows are decorated by sculpted reliefs with biblical scenes, angels, and arabesques, while other windows have stained glass panels depicting biblical figures or myths from Antiquity.

The College of Teresians has very rich neo-gothic interior decoration thanks to Gaudí’s innovative brickwork, which allows its multiple floors to stand out from one another. The stained glass windows and the wooden furniture, including the pews and pulpits in the chapel, are particularly elaborate.

He also wanted to reduce weight on the walls by using massive flying buttresses (attached to a thin wall) that served only one purpose: provide symmetry.

11. Bellesguard

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Built between 1900 and 1909 on the hilltop site where a royal summer residence once stood, Bellesguard (“beautiful view”) is a modernist stone manor house that serves as Gaudi’s version of a castle.

While it is crowned with gargoyles and a red-and-gold Catalan flag, the structure reflects Gaudi’s design in a very traditional, rectilinear manner. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Did you know?

Antoni Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona are a marvel of architectural ingenuity and creativity.

Did you know that the Sagrada Família, his most famous work, has been under construction for over a century and is still not completed? It’s also designed to have 18 spires when finished, each representing a different religious figure.

Casa Batlló, another Gaudí masterpiece, is often called the “House of Bones” due to its skeletal and organic design. Park Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features colorful mosaics and whimsical structures inspired by nature. These buildings are not just architectural wonders; they’re a testament to Gaudí’s imaginative genius and continue to amaze visitors from around the world.

Author’s Note

Gaudi’s work provides the inspiration and goals of many travelers who visit Barcelona. His designs are pure and beautiful in their form, including the Bellesguard manor structure with a medieval theme. Gaudi has left a legacy of incredible architecture in the city. 

His work has been preserved for future generations and has served as a testament to his genius. The Gaudi Barcelona map at the top of the page will help you locate some of Gaudi’s interesting buildings on your trip to Barcelona.

For another take on which are the best Gaudi buildings to visit in the city, along with full biography of the architect, head over to Barcelona Life.

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