The Eixample is characterized by long straight streets, a strict grid pattern crossed by wide avenues, and square blocks with chamfered corners (named illes in Catalan, manzanas in Spanish). This was a visionary, pioneering design by Ildefons Cerdà, who considered traffic and transport along with sunlight and ventilation in coming up with his characteristic octagonal blocks, where the streets broaden at every intersection making for greater visibility, better ventilation and (today) some short-stay parking space. The grid pattern remains as a hallmark of Barcelona, but many of his other provisions were unfortunately ignored: the four sides of the blocks and the inner space were built instead of the planned two or three sides around a garden; the streets were narrower; only one of the two diagonal avenues was carried out; the inhabitants were of a higher class than the mixed composition dreamed of by Cerdà. The important needs of the inhabitants were incorporated into his plan, which called for markets, schools, hospitals every so many blocks. Today, most of the markets remain open in the spots they have been from the beginning.
Some parts of the Eixample were influenced by Modernista architects, chief among whom was Antoni Gaudí. His work in the Eixample includes the Casa Milà (nicknamed La Pedrera) and the Casa Batlló, both of which are on the wide Passeig de Gràcia, as well as the Sagrada Família. Other architects who made highly significant, and certainly more numerous, contributions to giving the Eixample its characteristic appearance include Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Josep Domènech i Estapà, Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas and perhaps above all Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia, responsible for a total of over 500 buildings in the city (not all of them in the Eixample).
The Casa Terrades, better known as Casa de les Punxes, is a spectacular building replete with Mediaeval allusions that stands at the junction of Av. Diagonal with Carrer Rosselló. It was built in 1903-5 by the Modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who used Nordic Gothic and Spanish Plateresque resources side by side, along with traditional Catalan motifs.
The Casa Batlló is part of a block called the Illa de la Discòrdia, along with two other notable Modernista works, Lluís Domènech i Montaner's Casa Lleó Morera and Josep Puig i Cadafalch's Casa Amatller. The block is so named due to the visual clash between the buildings; its Spanish name, Manzana de la Discordia, is also a pun on Eris's Apple of Discord - manzana means both "apple" and "city block".
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maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-06-25 7:43
A panoramic view from Catalunya. Intresting note. Excellent depth and perspective and the colourful buildings creates wonderful details.
Nicou (148412) 2012-06-25 8:24
superbe vue sur cette vielle magnigique compo e tiamge avec tous ces building ce maison et bâtiment superbe compo e tiamge.
bravo et amitié
siudzi (34141) 2012-06-25 12:00
You have found a really good POV to present this beautiful city in a very unique way. The view is original and interesting. Well done.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-06-25 12:12
a very impressive city view with spectacular composition and superb details, the POV is attractive. Splendid impression, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
macjake (71015) 2012-06-25 23:52
I absolutely love this style of photo!
love the large expansive city views.
its also fun to explore the various types of architecture.
excellent photo quality and subject/composition.
jhm (157854) 2012-06-26 3:05
You chose a vertical image with excellent result.
Lovely panorama view about these area.
Composition and clarity are beautiful
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
lousat (95838) 2012-06-26 3:12
Hi Daniel,magnificent view of Barcelona from the Eixample,a very rich composition full of details and colors,we can see many intereting things of this city that i seen this winter,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
ChrisJ (117197) 2012-06-26 6:01
Well composed using a vertical format & with the horizon line well positioned aboved the centre line. I like the warm cold color contrast between the blue cyan sky & the predominant yellow red architecture in the city below. Good shadow detail & a superb high pov. Tfs!
sacimar (27713) 2012-06-26 6:05
good image of Barcelona, I like the point of view you chose, it's a different way to see the city, well done,
Schnappilic (9692) 2012-06-26 11:56
O imagine foarte buna luata din acest punct inalt al Barcelonei.
O seara buna!
Cricri (123700) 2012-06-26 19:13
Un bel aperçu de haut sur la ville par le choix du POV, profonde, détails et colorées
lilito (3534) 2012-07-07 8:08
Bonita vista de Barcelona, con el mar al fondo. Me parece que es un ejercicio difícil este de darle una buena luz al cielo y al mismo tiempo a los edificios, bien hecho!