Post 6: Interior Designer- Antoni Gaudi


Antoni Gaudi was born 25 June 1852 and died of an accidental death on June 10 1926.  Gaudi was a visionary of his time in design and architecture where he had graduated as an architect in 1878  in Spain. That year Gaudi had showcased some of his produced works at the Paris World’s Fair which impressed a patron enough to lead him to work on the Guell Estate and Palace. Then in 1883 he was charged with the construction of a Barcelona Cathedral called The Basilica Sagrada Familia. The pre-existing plans of the church were tossed out and he replaced them with his own unique style.


By 1902 his designs had truly begun to defy the conventional stylistic classification, and he had created a structure known as equilibrated, they were able to stand without the need of internal bracing and or external buttressing.


His works reflected his very individual and distinctive style. They boasted a nature-based organic life form. Composed with juxtapositions of geometric masses and animating the surfaces with patterned bricks or stone, bright ceramic tiles and floral or reptilian metalwork. On the seven properties Gaudi built he had total free reign in the design of the gardens, sculptures and all decorative arts and architecture.

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His seven buildings are named: Parque Güell; Palacio Güell; Casa Mila; Casa Vicens; Gaudí’s work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia; Casa Batlló; Crypt in Colonia Güell. They remain as standing  as monuments of his eclectic creativity dotted about Barcelona.

Over the years Gaudi became increasingly pious, and after 1910 he had abandoned nearly all other work to focus purely on the Sagrada Familia, where he could live and breath onsite and sleep in its workshop.Giving the nickname “Gods Architect”. The cathedral was still unfinished at the time of his death, and now has a target date for completion of this project of 2026 to mark the 100 year anniversary of his passing.



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