Gaudí’s Fantasies: The World’s Most Unearthly Chimneys

Much can be said about Antoni Gaudí and his genius, but here I focus on one of the most striking features of his designs: his chimneys, which seem to turn the cityscape into some sort of an alien, unearthly horizon. Three perfect examples are Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Palau Güell.

In Casa Milà, the chimneys (which would later inspire the design of the Star Wars warriors) resemble the veiled men ‘Almoravids’ that once ruled the Iberian Peninsula.

In Casa Batlló, the chimneys are inspired by marine forms, which fits perfectly with the façade and the interior desing.

In Palau Güell, the story is different, as the chimneys are topped by colorful fruits and cones, turning the roof terrace into an alien garden.

In all three houses, the brilliant use of trencadis (small broken ceramic pieces juxtaposed carefully to form mosaics) is evident, and the imprint of Josep Maria Jujol (who collaborated with Gaudí) is omnipresent.

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