Antoni Gaudi

By Alexa Watkins

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet(1852-1926)

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was a Spanish Catalan Architect from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works reflect an individualized and distinctive style.The work of Antoni Gaudí represents an exceptional and outstanding creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

"Nothing is invented, for its written in nature first."

"The creation continues incessantly through the man of media."

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Gaudí (in the background) with his father (centre), his niece Rosa and doctor Santaló

Facts about Gaudi

  • Antoni Gaudi did not like to draw plans for his buildings. He preferred to build 3D models of them to create a more accurate portrayal of what he was seeing in his mind.
  • His nickname is “God’s Architect” due to the many religious images that are seen in his works.
  • He was single his entire life.
  • He was sickly when he was young and became a vegetarian at a young age due to the advice of his physician.
  • 7 of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO between 1984 and 2005.
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Antoni Guadi's Death

He died on June 10, 1926 after being struck by a tram. At the time he was dressed in rags, and no taxi’s would pick him up. Finally the police intervened and he was taken to a hospital for the poor. This is where he chose to stay to receive treatment once he awoke. He was 73 years old.