The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona is one of the world's most iconic buildings. Notorious for its long construction process, the cathedral was begun in 1882 and is still under construction. The architect, Antonio Gaudi, died in 1926 at the age of 73 after being hit by a tram while walking to confession. He had worked on the project for more than 40 years and less than a quarter of the construction had been achieved.
In 2026, on the centenary of Gaudi's death, the cathedral is due to be completed. The final phase, comprising 40 per cent of the church, will deliver the fantastical stonework that Gaudi envisaged but in ways he could not imagine. Advanced engineering is set to finally resolve the challenges the architect left his followers.
Tristram Carfrae, deputy chairman of Arup, explains how Gaudi's remarkable creative genius will be delivered with state-of-the-art understanding of structural engineering and the potential of stone.
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