During my first trip to Europe, backpacking with architecture students in the summer of 1983, one of my most life-changing moments was witnessing the construction of Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, which had begun work in 1882. My young mind was racing… this building is still being constructed after 101 years– not close to being finished– yet the workers still build every day. What commitment!
The contrast is even more stark when compared to today’s world of the instantaneous. It is a beautiful thing to think beyond our immediate needs, looking to the world of our descendants. That is why we endeavour to build sustainably today, to give the next generations a chance.
Anyway, below is a video of Sagrada Familia, at it’s current state with computer animations and helicopter aerial photography. This is what the cathedral is expected to look like in 2026, the expected completion date of Gaudi’s masterwork. It will have taken almost 150 years to build.
- Hallelujah! Iconic cathedral finally to be completed 144 years later… in 2026 (worldnews.nbcnews.com)