Parc Guell sits on the edge of a foothill just east of downtown Barcelona. Some call it Gauid’s playground. It is, however, a public park and has been for over 100 years.
The land donor commissioned Anton Gaudi (primary architect of Sagrada Familia Basilica) to design the park. Much of what he began experimenting with here became ideas that were incorporated into the Sagrada Familia.
Not initially designed by Gaudi, nonetheless this became his home (and he added some of the ornamentation). It is now the Gaudi House Museum.
Gaudi was very inventive in creating structures free of more traditional limitations of rigidity and texture.
Gaudi used mosaics in many areas but again in different formats than what had come before. Some of his mosaic work did feature design (below) but more often to create a different sense of texture and reflectivity.