The Lay Cathedral:

Antoni Gaudí’s Project
of a Grand Hotel in New York

7.10.2002 - 31.10.2002
Reial Càtedra Gaudí and Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)

In 1908 Gaudí designed a hotel for the city of New York, in the form of an organic skyscraper. This enormous building –with the shape of a tower similar to those of the Sagrada Família– was to be about three hundred meters high, and was to have rooms on all of the facades. In its immense interior, there were to be five enormous, overlapping dining rooms, where the culinary culture of every continent would be represented.
Joan Matamala, Gaudí’s disciple, later recovered this project that was never carried out and redrew it, thus showing how at a very specific moment the metropolitan energy of New York at the beginning of the century coincided with Gaudí’s visionary delirium.
The present exhibit focuses on the construction of the model of this hotel-temple on a large scale by the ETSAB. Also, the different parallel documents are shown (original drawings, photographs, recreations, etc.) which the work itself has generated.

The model will be shown at the Reial Càtedra Gaudí and the drawings, photographs, and complementary material, in the exhibition hall of the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona. The timetable is the same as that of the Càtedra Gaudí.

Organization: Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Reial Càtedra Gaudí
Av. de Pedralbes, 7 | 08034 Barcelona
Tel. 932 045 250 | Fax 932 048 670 |

Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)
Av. Diagonal, 649 | 08028 Barcelona
Tel. 934 016 359 |

Timetable:from monday to saturdy, from 9 to 14 pm
Entry free


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