For the better part of a century, Barcelona has been grappling with the ruinous presence of the Sagrada Família, what was meant to be the city’s crowning monument. Of course, the basilica, designed by the famous Catalan engineer-architect Antoni Gaudí, is not actually a ruin but rather a construction site (and a bustling one at that). Millions of tourists visit the uncompleted church every year, yet much of what they see today will be altered when work concludes in 2026.
A new video, released by the Sagrada Família Foundation, illustrates what some of those changes might look like. Combining helicopter footage with computer-animated renderings, the structure’s final stages take shape before you eyes. Spires shoot up in succession, the central cupola rises into view, and the Glory facade–the church’s principal entrance as outlined by Gaudí–materializes out of thin air.
Found on: FastCoDesign