The Gaudí House Museum is devoted to the more intimate side of the architect, as well as containing furniture and other objects that he designed and were produced under his supervision.
Gaudí moved into this house in Park Güell with his father and his niece in 1906. After the death of both, Gaudí continued to live there alone. Carmelite nuns assisted him with the domestic chores, and he was often accompanied by friends, who watched over his health.
Over the nearly twenty years that he lived in this house, the architect worked on the great projects of his mature years, including the construction of the Sagrada Família, to which he dedicated himself exclusively after 1914. Indeed, such was his devotion to this task that he finally moved into the church workshop in order to supervise construction at first-hand.
Today, the Gaudí House Museum features an exhibition that tells us more about Gaudí’s private life and his religious devotion, including recreations of private rooms and some of the architect’s personal effects
Gaudí the designer
Such was Antoni Gaudí’s attention to detail when planning architectural works that he would often even design the furniture for them. Although his early designs imitated historic styles, Gaudí’s search for his own, personal language, inspired by nature, soon led him to create unusual ergonomic and functional solutions.
The original furniture on show inside the Gaudí House Museum, from Casa Calvet, Casa Batlló and the crypt at Colònia Güell, illustrate the formal evolution of the architect’s design process.
The objects exhibited in the garden, such as the iron grilles from Casa Vicens and Casa Milà and the cross from the Miralles estate, also give the visitor insight into Gaudí’s creativity and capacity for innovation.