- In the original models of Sagrada Familia,
Gaudí designed it to reach Calle Valencia. Now, between Calles Valencia
and Mallorca, there are apartment blocks. Will these buildings be
destroyed in order to be able to continue Gaudí's work as originally
planned? (Calle Mallorca would pass underneath a tunnel - also designed
by the architect). Cristian
Sagrada Familia is located between Calles Marina,
Provenza, Sardenya, and Mallorca. So, Sagrada Familia stops short
with the Façade of the Glory, on Calle Mallorca, but raised because
the land is sloped. So, the result would be that one would have to
exit the church by this side, then jump six meters down to the next
level! Therefore, a bridge has been projected to appear at this spot
which would span from the top of the sloped land, to the other side
of the street.
In 1976, the City Hall gave permission to make on
this plot of land a block of houses, of Núñez y Navarro, that has
to disappear. When the day comes that all of this will have to be
done, this will be so içunimportant that there shouldn't be any problems.
The architect Puig-Boada said: "Don't worry. The
day we have to make the stairway, the angeles will come down from
Heaven and plop it down for us." That, I would like to see!
- The crypt of the temple of Sagrada Familia
is deteriorating. What are they planning on doing about this? Do you
think that Do you think Gaudí would have liked to see his greatest
work in this condition? Cristian
I think you're right about this.
One thing must remain clear: In Sagrada Familia
there is, on one hand, the Construction Commission of the Expiatory
Temple, and then, on the other, there is a parish. But, Gaudí didn't
want there to be a parish. He said that if they made a parish, that
he would resign from the project. The parish was not built until 1930.
There are two independent things. The money that
was gathered by the Construction Commission is to go towards construction
of the Temple. But, about restoring the crypt… but yes, it should
be restored, because it's not doing so well.
- How would you explain Gaudí's knowledge of
the behavior of such complex structures, the majority of which functioned
purely by forces of compression and the use of catenaric curves in
his works? How did Gaudí come arrive at these solutions? Rodrigo
By static intution. All of the world's architects
should have arrived at these same solutions, but they preferred to
lose themselves in calculus.
One has to look for the rational structures and
of these, the best are those that function by compression. Of course
there are others that function by traction but this is more complicated
and is a more forced manner, since in a beam, one part works by compression
and the other by traction. On the other hand, if everything is done
with catenaric arches and with ruled surfaces, then everything works
by compression and is more simple.