Gaudi: A Biography by Gijs van HensbergenAt the time of his death in 1926, Antoni Gaudi was arguably the most famous architect in the world. He had created some of the greatest and most controversial masterpieces of modern architecture, which were as exotic as they were outrageous. But little is known about the shadowy figure behind the swirling, vivid buildings that inspired the Surrealists.
This masterful biography brings both man and architect powerfully to life against the changing backdrop of Barcelona and Catalonia. Gijs van Hensbergen leads us through the design and construction of Gaudi’s most significant buildings -- revealing their innovation and complexity, and demonstrating the growing relevance of Gaudi’s architecture today.
His work transcended mainstream Modernisme , culminating in an organic style inspired by natural forms. This earned him the nickname "God's Architect"  and led to calls for his beatification. He was the youngest of five children, of whom three survived to adulthood: Rosa — , Francesc — and Antoni. He believed Mediterranean people to be endowed with creativity, originality and an innate sense for art and design. Fantasy comes from the ghosts.
His works stand out for the incorporation of structural solutions inspired by nature, as well as for including a deep religious symbolism. The future architect moved into the busy neighbourbood of La Ribera with his brother Francesc, who at the time was studying Medicine. It covers the life of the architect in great detail, including more than historical images of his professional and personal life. It was there that he started to work on his early commissions , such as facilities for a cooperative association called La Obrera Mataronense, some streetlights for the Plaza Real of Barcelona and a display cabinet for the prestigious Comella gloveshop. Despite his comfortable economic status and intellectual capacity, the architect failed to conquer his great love, Pepeta Moreu.
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He attended school in Barcelona, the city that would become home to most of his great works. He showed an early interest in architecture and went to study in Barcelona—Spain's most modern city at the time—circa The primary functional elements of this system were columns that tilted to employ diagonal thrusts and lightweight tile vaults. He died after getting hit by a trolley car in Barcelona, only a few weeks shy of his 74th birthday. While the structure remained unfinished at his death in —only one transept with one of four towers was built—the extraordinary structure has a final completion target date of , to mark the th anniversary of his passing.
Home Accommodation Back to last menu Booking. He is Barcelona's and perhaps also Spain's most famous architect. He died in when he was tragically hit by a tram. The still unfinished temple church of La Sagrada Familia is his most famous building in Barcelona. The curved line belongs to God. From onwards and until his death, he devoted himself exclusively to the cathedral.