Antoni Gaudí planned the construction of the church by parts, so that each generation would have one as an aim to accomplish. He built the Nativity façade, which he left almost complete. His followers did the porch, the towers of the Passion façade and the central nave. And today work is being done the construction of the first sacristy (on the western side), and the central towers (those of Jesus Christ, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary, and the five already started). Concurrently they are designing the 30-metre-high roofs of the apse and central nave as well as working on the roofs 55 metres up.
According to the programme drafted by Gaudí, the next step is to build a sacristy, the six towers above the crossing and the apse, to finish the upper part of the towers and the narthex of the Glory façade.
He designed the sacristies in plaster models on a scale of 1:25, roofs with a cupola formed by the intersection of twelve paraboloids linked by their vertex, with triangular windows that follow the guidelines of the paraboloids. It is a highly resistant structural form which he also proposed for the five central towers and the apse tower.
On the Glory façade Gaudí composed an immense entrance narthex with sixteen high hyperboloids covered by cones.
The sacristies, the central towers and the narthex of the Glory façade will be planned and constructed according to Gaudí"s directions and models and with the application of the techniques and materials offered by the technology of construction.
GAUDÍ’S ORIGINAL PROJECT
HOW IS IT PLANNED TODAY?