Parabolic Gaudí

Palau Güell’s projection mapping. Enjoy an avant garde spectacle of light and music, unique in the world, with geometry and organ music at its heart. The activity includes a guided tour from the coach house to the roof.

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Palau Güell (1886-1890) was built by Antoni Gaudí and is renowned for the architect’s innovative approach to space and light. The building was commissioned by his friend and patron, entrepreneur Eusebi Güell Bacigalupi, who lived there with his family until the early 20th century. During this period Palau Güell became a meeting place for the avant garde artists and musicians of the time. Concerts were frequently held in the central hall, often with the organ taking pride of place and the dome acting as a large amplifier.

To continue this creative spirit, the Palau is offering a projection mapping entitled “Parabolic Gaudí”. The show is based on the dome’s geometry, parabolic in shape and made up of hexagons. This architectural feature, interpreted from an analytical and imaginative perspective, has been transformed into a canvas to project abstract, computer-generated geometric figures. The light show is synchronised with music played by the new organ, made in 2011 by the organ builder Albert Blancafort, which includes the wooden cylinders from the original 1888 organ. Using an automated MIDI system, the organ plays directly without any organist, opening the doors to a world brimming with possibilities to explore. For instance, the organ can play arpeggios faster than any human organist and can produce notes lasting just 20 milliseconds.

This show has been created by Playmodes, an audiovisual research studio set up in 2008 by engineer Eloi Maduell and musician Santi Vilanova, who composed the music for the show. Some of its most important projects, in Spain and abroad, include the projection mapping of Romanesque paintings from the church of Sant Climent at Taüll.

More than 125 years after Palau Güell was built, we propose a show that’s unique in the world, in which light, architecture and music come together once more. A very special way to discover this building, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its exceptional universal value.

Day: Fridays.
Time: November-March: 6pm. April-October: 8pm. (less July and August). Visits in English, French, Catalan and Spanish. 
Price: €18 per person. The ticket includes a brief evening guided tour and the show .
Places are limited for reasons of conservation and preservation.
Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to attend the event for safety reasons.

Activity not suitable for people with limited mobility. 


For more information on the show: VÍDEO PARABÒLIC GAUDÍ