49. The Casa del Guarda and Gaudí’s architecture
Built between 1901 and 1903 and standing at the entrance to the park as the residence of the estate’s caretaker, the Casa de Guarda is one of Gaudí’s few examples of modest housing. It was built following the principles of utility and interior simplicity yet with great formal and compositional refinement as shown by his use of the Catalan vault.
Learning about and comparing Gaudí’s constructions in the city and elsewhere helps visitors to appreciate the architect’s ability to adapt. He came up with ingenious and practical architectural, town-planning and natural solutions for various kinds of buildings and urban spaces by tapping his knowledge rooted in ancient and local traditions.