Great Place Wednesday: Park Guell; Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell is undoubtedly one of the most unique parks in all the world. Designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, the park reflects his unique design style on every light post, bench, fountain, and staircase.  The park was initially part of an unsuccessful development scheme by the wealthy Guell family, and transformed a once barren hillside above Barcelona into a lush public space.

Probably the most famous part of the park is the long serpentine park bench, covered in mosaic tile, with magnificent views of the city and harbor below.

Architectural detail and organic forms were a central tenet of Gaudi’s architecture, and unique elements are found throughout the park.

Gaudi used the retaining systems needed for the steep changes in grade as an opportunity to bring in structural and artistic elements into the landscape of the Park.

Long, organic colonnade.Views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean to the east.  La Sagrada Familia is seen on the left.