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1 minute series park guell

Fernando Schapochnik

Find the magic in a stone forest a step away from the city.

The magic, suspended atmosphere of Antoni Gaudí's Park Guell and its dual nature of urban landmark and oasis of fantasy above the city of Barcelona are captured and condensed in the 60 minutes short film by Fernando Schapochnik.

In the work of the Argentinian architect and photographer the relationship between the visitors of Gaudí's masterpiece and the designed space is observed without filters or intermediaries, as if it was another essential element of the project. The multicolor, flamboyant style of the parc seems to take life in the everyday rhythms and fluxes of tourists and citizens. Perfect connection between humanity and nature, astounding combination of visual jokes and impossible structures that get lost in a thousand paths of trees and tree-like columns, in this video-portrait Gaudí's design is disclosed and revealed at its best.

The short film is part of the "One Minute Series", a set of four videos filmed by Fernando Schapochnik between June and July 2014 in different places around Europe. In Schapochnik's series four iconic buildings are narrated in a spontaneous, almost familiar manner and experienced through the sensory interaction between the viewers and the architectural spaces. Instead of sophisticated techniques or rational interpretations, the author uses only a cellphone and focuses on the powerful impact on the senses that an intimate journey through Le Corbusier's Ronchamp, Antoni Gaudí's Park Guell, SANAA's Rolex Learning Center and OMA's Kunsthal can have on visitors.


Architect: Antoni Gaudí
Mentioned project: Parc Guell (1900-1914)
Project location: Barcelona, Spain

Argentina 2014
Duration: 1'