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Public Lecture – Completing Gaudí’s Sagrada Família

11 November 18:30 - 20:00
Organized by: The Bartlett School of Architecture
Venue: Bartlett School of Architecture, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, G29
Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building
Gower Street

Tristram Carfrae, Deputy Chairman of Arup, discusses the history of the Sagrada Família and the design and construction of the six main towers, which are the highest points of the Basilica.


The Sagrada Família has been under construction several times since the 19th Century with a new addition now due for completion in 2026. The current design team have adopted a new system using pre-stressed stone panels, marrying new digital methods and traditional craftsmanship to dramatically reduce the weight, cost and time needed to complete the Basilica. 


In this presentation Tristram describes how this new technique evolved, including initial ideas, virtual prototyping, analysis, physical testing, production and assembly.