Sagrada Familia

15 10 2014

Sagrada Familia is probably the last, God-forbid, greatest Church of our times that is under construction. Blatant and scandalous comments are rampant against the great Antoni Gaudi’s work of, God inspired, art. Lately, “controversial” is the adjective used to describe the on-going work of art.

Take a look at some of the past comments:

George Orwell

George Orwell said it was “one of the most hideous buildings in the world” and rather hoped it would be destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.

Enric Massip

The architect Enric Massip, a member of the Advisory Committee to the City of Barcelona, denounced the basilica as “an artificially inflated space lacking in soul.”

Now take a look at the some of the awe-inspiring & breathtaking architecture that is Sagrada Familia:

Ceiling of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain


Then take a look at the architecture created by one of the critics, Enric Massip:



…enough said.


God bless, protect and give strength to Sagrada Familia and all the amazing folks responsible for the on-going construction of the work of God. Please pray for the safe completion of the Gaudi’s greatest masterpiece, so it can stand testament to the Grace & Inspiration of Christ Jesus. Amen!


Sagrada Família church in Barcelona has been under construction for 128 years. “My Client is in no hurry,” Antoni Gaudí once said, referring to God.

Spanish architect and artist Antonio Gaudi pictured in 1920





Gates Foundation’s New Campus

31 10 2011


In June 2011, the foundation will consolidate its operations on a new campus at 500 Fifth Avenue North, across from the Seattle Center, in the heart of the city.


We want the campus to be a place that inspires and creates optimism and hope, and a hub for innovation and gatherings of experts from many fields, perspectives, and countries who are dedicated to improving lives here and around the world.


“Our campus will be built to reflect our values and mission– to reduce iniquity, to promote health and opportunity and to ensure that every person, regardless of his or her life circumstances, can live up to his or her true potential. This work may span the globe, but it will always remain rooted in our home of Seattle and the valleys of the Pacific Northwest ”

William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair


Read more about Gates Foundation’s guiding principles here.


Melinda Gates, Bill Gates and Bill Gates Sr.




“The headquarters will reflect our values and beliefs”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair


Downtown Seattle, Washington

This video spotlights our new campus near the Seattle Center, where we will move in the spring of 2011. Sustainable design elements, including water- and energy-saving features and over half an acre of green roofs, will help reduce our energy consumption while making the campus a beautiful and welcome addition to the community. The campus will also have a visitor center housing interactive exhibits that showcase the work of our grantees and partners.


“…it will be built sustainably with water and energy saving features throughout”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair








“This work may span the globe, but it will always remain rooted in our home of Seattle and the valleys of the Pacific Northwest ”- William H. Gates Sr., Co-chair




Steve Jobs’ new Apple campus proposal

16 06 2011

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs presents his proposal for a new Apple Campus to the Cupertino City Council. This presentation was recorded Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Cupertino Community Hall. One building with a 12,000+ capacity!

“We do have the shot of building the best office building in the world”

-Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs presents his proposal for a new Apple campus to the Cupertino City Council


Proposed architecture of the new campus- “mother ship”:

Apple Campus

Apple Campus

Apple Campus


11:20: “We are the largest tax payer in Cupertino, so we’d like to continue to stay here and pay taxes- that’s number 1”

By the numbers:



“…we want to break ground next year and we want to move in 2015.”



Church of the Sagrada Familia- Part 1

15 08 2010

"On making this temple I set myself the idea of following one of our traditions, a tradition that fits us perfectly, the Mediterranean tradition. All architectural style has emerged from the shelter of the temple, and all new art that comes should be the same.”

Antoni Gaudi

Church of the Sagrada Família (Holy Family), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. A portion of the building’s interior is scheduled to open for public worship and tours by September 2010. The Church is the master-work of the most renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project’s vast scale and characteristic design have made it one of Barcelona’s (and Spain’s) top tourist attractions for many years.

I had the privilege of visiting Sagrada Familia during May of 2010- as a matter of fact I had planned the Barcelona trip to specifically visit Sagrada Familia; I wanted to share a photo journal and notes (from various sources) from my visit; to view a slide show of my photos please ho here.

Looking at the Grand Passion Façade entrance to the West; the continuous construction is evident from way far-off because of the towering cranes.


The design of La Sagrada Família is brimming with Christian symbolism, as Gaudí intended the church to be the "last great sanctuary of Christendom". Its most striking aspect is its spindle-shaped Spires or towers.

Spires of the Passion Façade crowned by the Pinnacles



A total of 18 Spires are called for, representing in ascending order of height the 12 Apostles (100 meters),  the 4 Evangelists (Luke, Matthew, John & Mark), Mother Mary- the tower of the apse (arch/vault) and, tallest spire of all, Jesus Christ– the tower of the transept. The central highest spire, that representing Jesus Christ, will measure 170 meters and is to be surmounted by a giant Cross; the spires’ total height will approximately be the same height of mountain Montjuïc. When completed Sagrada Familia will be the tallest church building in the world as well as the church with the tallest spire in the world.


Ground plan and drawing of the Church by Francesc Berenguer


The Church will have three grand façades: the Nativity façade to the East, the Glory façade to the South (yet to be completed) and the Passion façade to the West. The Nativity façade was built before work was interrupted in 1935 and bears the most direct Gaudí influence. The Passion façade is especially striking and according to Gaudi transmits drama and cruelty, including figures of Christ being flogged and nailed on the Crucifix. The sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs presents the Passion of Jesus Christ, from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion. The Glory Façade, which began construction in 2002, will represent one’s ascension to God. It will also depict various scenes such as Hell, Purgatory, and will include elements such as the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Virtues.

A closer look at the Passion Façade to the West


The Nativity Façade to the East; the Glory Façade is under construction.


The church plan is that of a Latin cross with five aisles. The central nave vaults reach 45 meters while the side nave vaults reach 30 meters. The transept has three aisles. The columns are on a 7.5 meter grid. The columns of the interior are a unique Gaudí design. Besides branching to support their load, their ever-changing surfaces are the result of the intersection of various geometric forms. The simplest example is that of a square base evolving into an octagon as the column rises, then a sixteen-sided form, and eventually to a circle.

Interior of Sagrada Familia; the tree-like columns and starred polygons of the vaulting recall the interior of a wood.


“Architecture creates the organism and that is why it must have a law in consonance with nature. Everything comes from the great book of nature; all the styles (architectural) are organisms related to nature”.

Antoni Gaudi

Themes throughout the decoration include words from the liturgy. The towers are decorated with words such as "Hosanna", "Excelsis", and "Sanctus"; the great doors of the Passion façade reproduce words from the Bible in various languages including Catalan; and the Glory façade is to be decorated with the words from the Apostles’ Creed.

Various artifacts from the Sagrada Familia museum, which is within the Church’s premises.


The symbolism that Gaudi reflects in Sagrada Familia is not sustained only through the imagery and the paintings, but also incorporates the symbols in the architecture, giving an expressive character to this works. The Church is one of the most significant characteristics of all Gaudian architecture. This is why some commentators have classified the Sagrada Familia as a mystical poem. Consequently, the Gaudian attitude of imitating nature in his architectural work is fully coherent with his religious fervor- since, for a believer the human being is placed on earth to continue the divine work.


To be continued…



My photo on contemporary art network

30 04 2009

I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted recently about my photograph being selected by ARTslant Worldwide, contemporary art network web site :)


Following is the photograph that was selected; a picture of Fountain Place in downtown Dallas- this unique skyscraper was designed by I.M. Pei and Partners who also designed One Dallas Center, Energy Plaza, and the Dallas City Hall.

It was a 60 degree day in Dallas and I could not resist those beautiful clouds just dancing around the sky. I hired a cab for about 4 hours (yes to take snaps around downtown Dallas) and I spent about 20 minutes in the parking lot next to this beautiful building, to capture the reflections that would accentuate the unique angles of the building.

Reflections: Fountain Place, Dallas, Texas