Animation shows completion of
Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família


News: the completion of Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona is simulated in this movie released to show the final stages of construction anticipated before 2026, 100 years after the death of the architect (+ movie).

The one-minute video published on the Sagrada Familia Foundation's Youtube channel shows each of the stages left and how the basilica will look when completed.

It combines helicopter footage of the current building with computer-animated renders to show spires, a central cupola and other remaining structures rise from nothing.

2026 completion of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia Foundation has also published six one-minute movies showing 3D animations of the completion dates for each phase, including the Sagristia in 2015, Torre de Maria in 2018 and Torre de Jesus in 2020.

When the basilica is finished it will have 18 towers dedicated to different religious figures, of various heights to reflect their hierarchy. There are eight towers completed so far.

2026 completion of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

Work began on Sagrada Familia in 1882 and Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi took over the direction in 1914. The completed basilica is due to open in 2026, 144 years after it began, to coincide with the centennial anniversary of Gaudí's death in 1926.

Since 1990, the build has been overseen by architect Jordi Faulí. He worked first as an architect, then as deputy chief architect, and was appointed Chief Architect in 2012.

2026 completion of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

In June, Google celebrated Gaudi's 161 birthday with a google doodle that depicted stylised versions of some of the architects most famous works, including Park Guell and Casa Mila in Barcelona.

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  • Dave Carcamano

    I really hope they never make those horrible upside down cones on the south facade.

  • Tracker

    No other building is going to be built like this again.

  • Mario

    By the time the thing is finished, no one believes in god anymore.

    • jonny

      Speak for yourself. Gorgeous piece of architecture!

    • Augusto Quepe

      I’m Christian, but what you say is probably true. After they’ve finished, they might use the building as library, hotel, restaurant or museum.

      • Lulu

        It is already a museum now I think.

    • This goes well beyond that…

  • so_m

    For the love of God – stop building now! ..before you completely destroy Gaudi’s vision.

  • Jordi López Aguiló

    Nothing to do with what you have done in life Gaudí… Stop!!

  • dan

    This was Gaudi’s vision…

    • Hugh

      No, it’s not. Gaudi’s vision was in masonry and steel (for the central dome pilars).

      Gaudi was wrong, of course, at so many levels (style aside) but this is commonly ignored by choice (and marketing).

  • artthug

    Paint it. The colour is whack.

  • Lowri

    Gaudi rules! Of course there can be no other building to match the original.

  • Augusto Quepe

    The foundation is so old that the building could crash before it’s finished. Why they don’t give up building this thing? It’s already beautiful unfinished.

  • Impressed

    The best and most informative animation I have ever seen.

  • Adam

    They will never finish this by 2026. 2126 I might believe.

  • Sam

    It’s truly a fantastic tribute to architecture. There are few projects in the world that retains such integrity over such a long period of time. Wonderful stuff.

  • Freddy Garcia

    Period = period (from Greek περίοδος) timeframe, a length or era of time. So when you say “period of time”, it is a redundancy. If you are afraid of getting mixed with the colloquial “period” meaning “menstrual period”, just remember that it is just a colloquialism.

    In order to continue the construction of this human landmark, an analysis of the loading vs the foundation has been already conducted. So far no contradictions have arisen. Flags up then.

  • zarathustra

    Finish this damn thing!

  • Wing

    Can’t wait to return and see it completed.

  • john ha

    Part of the magic of the original was its ruin-like quality, but the finish they are using now looks very ‘concrete’ and does not look like it can age gracefully at all.

  • Bernardo


    No it’s not.

    • Yes, it is. It still functions as a church but is also a museum about the building’s history and Gaudi himself.

  • Warren Paul Harris

    By far the most amazing man-made object I’ve ever seen. We were there a year ago and I was simply awestruck by the concept. Gaudi was so far ahead of the rest of the world it’s hard to fathom.

    • Hugh

      Wrong. Gaudi envisioned this as his masterpiece, the suppuration of the Gothic Style, which time has proven wrong. Because of his choice of structural solutions (parabolic arches) the spaces inside the temple became narrow and difficult to use (pictures of preaching inside the temple can be seen, with a colection of HD televisions attached to each column as it is impossible to see the altar if you are not in the centre row).

      Gaudi is always seen as a master and a genius (which he was) but this temple is just pure visual exhaustion. Better Gothic architecture can be found in so many places. The Mallorca cathedral, for example.

  • MotherGinger

    Still hideous.

  • Mariano Salassa

    Deberian terrminarla en poliuretano expandido con fibra de vidrio… y en un año estaría lista.