SAINT TERESA OF AVILA SCHOOL (1888-1889)
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Carrer de Ganduxer, 85
Barcelona


Opaque outside and transparent inside

This detached building, of rectangular layout and comprising four floors, seems from the outside an impregnable fortress. Inside, however, it is completely the contrary: diaphanous, very bright, a regular distribution and wide rooms, which allow the housing of a school, a boarding school and a convent for nuns. The whole reflects the austerity of the order of Saint Teresa of Avila and the functional sense characteristic of Gaudí.

It is mainly constructed with stone and adobe. Thus, the severity of these materias contrasts with the formal and compositional richness of the reliefs on the highest part and with the refined treatment of the ceramic ans wrought iron elements, replete with symbolism.

The symbiosis between form and function proved to be so practical that the building is still used as a school centre.

     
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