The Nau Gaudí (Gaudí Shed) of Mataró constitutes the first work built by Antoni Gaudí.

The first Gaudí The Mataró warehouse

Fruit of a much wider and ambitious project, the building of the textile manufacture of the cooperative society La Obrera Mataronense, is the only witness that has made it up to our days. Considered as the starting point of the architect's creative process, the cotton-whitening shed of the cooperative stands out for its importance in the experimentation of the parabolic arches, used by Gaudí for the first time as structural elements. This architectonic solution would later on become a key element and very representative of Gaudí's work.

The Government of Catalonia declared the building as a national cultural heritage in 1982 and, since 2010, it is home to the Consortium of the Museum for Contemporary Art of Mataró, exhibition space of the Bassat Collection and of other local art exhibitions.

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The Statement of Mataró is the first manifest in defence of Gaudí's legacy. In 2013, in the context of the commemorative ceremonies of the 130th anniversary of the Gaudí Shed, the managers of Gaudí's main works in Catalonia and the representatives of several cultural organisations, professional bodies and public administrations, committed themselves to work jointly in the conservation and promotion of this valuable artistic and architectural heritage.

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