The Colonia Güell has become one of the main references when it comes to studying the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Therefore, it is not surprising that it has become one of the most interesting and important modernist ensembles in Catalonia. In particular, it is a small working colony located in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, within the province of Barcelona. It has been considered as a Cultural Interest since 1991 and the most important building that enjoys special protection by the public authorities due to its great patrimonial value. We will analyse its architecture in detail in order to understand it better.
A reference within the industrial colonies
The Colonia Güell has a marked modernist style within the scope of industrial and civil architecture. In fact, there are the most identifiable elements of this artistic movement, such as the use of brick, which served as a vindication of typical Catalan architecture, and the incorporation of iron and ceramics into the amalgam of construction materials.