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Barcelona's Sagrada Família Begins Final Stage of Construction

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In 1882, construction of the Sagrada Família began, with the renowned Antoni Gaudí stepping in as head architect the following year. Many obstacles plagued the creation of the basilica: Gaudí passed away in 1926, and revolutionaries set the crypt ablaze during the Spanish Civil War. Now, 133 years later, the beautiful church remains unfinished.

The structure, currently 70 percent complete, is finally entering its last stage of construction. Chief architect Jordi Fauli presented the project on October 21, saying the majority of the building would be finished in 2026 to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Gaudí's death. Smaller details and decorations will take more time and will likely be finalized by 2030 or 2032.

Six new towers will be added to the church, giving the final structure eighteen towers, all dedicated to religious figures like Virgin Mary and the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

The Tower of Jesus Christ, the tallest spire, will be over 564 feet tall and adorned with a large cross at the top. It will be situated on a chamber that was just recently completed; the chamber, which is 196 feet above the church floor, allows visitors a better look at the stained glass ceilings. The tower will filter more light into the church, making the sight even more dazzling.

"The central tower of 172.5 meters (566 feet) will make it the tallest cathedral in Europe, because the tallest tower in Europe is Ulm, at 162 meters (531.5 feet)," Fauli said.

With an annual construction budget of €25 million (almost $28 million), construction is slow but steady. The following video, released by The Sagrada Familia Foundation, shows what stages are left to complete and what the project will look like when it's finished. 

[h/t: Dezeen]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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