Do you know where the expression "gaudy" comes from? Evidently, it goes back to the 16th century (Shakespeare used it), but in architecture, it's widely associated with Spanish artist Antoni Gaudi? So how appropriate that economist Arthur Brooks, who lived in Barcelona (and met his wife there), recently commented on a building he saw when he was recently visiting his former hometown.
I spent some time over the past couple of weeks in Barcelona, my old beloved home. ... This building was constructed after I moved from Barcelona, and it sits right behind my old house. It is a classic Spanish public-sector move — they got the fanciest architect to do the wackiest modern building possible and used it to house the department of water. I promise you, I am not making this up.
Brooks notes that it took a few years before the city discovered that the land had value, so government forces moved the water department, and now it's office space.
What do you see in this gaudy attempt at futuristic architecture?