Antoni Gaudi — His Personality and Works
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Antoni Gaudi — His Personality and Works

Antoni Gaudi, born in 1852, was a genius that wrote his name boldly on the sands of time in Barcelona. This architect, though with not so promisingly childhood, has helped change his home city for the better with his notable works. The Catalan architect was born into a family with a history of working as coppersmiths. His parents had five children, and he was the youngest. Gaudy suffered from rheumatism as a child; this condition made it difficult, if not impossible, for him to be very active in any way. Instead, he developed a keen interest in nature as well as natural objects. This passion lasted throughout his life and became valuable for his career.

Though Gaudi wasn’t a remarkable scholar, he was a member of the Escola Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura, in which he assisted in the creation of the Parc Ciutadella, where the old fortress-prison of Barcelona used to be.  From his architectural diploma presentation (which may be apocryphal or not), there was a view that they were unsure if they were performing a nut or genius; and indeed, if not for Eusebi Guell’s patronage, he could have found it hard to get a job.

At the early stages of his career, Antoni Gaudy developed a style that is unique to his personality and works. His works were influenced immensely by the Gothic architecture, which was dominant in areas within Barcelona. He could adapt his interest in nature into a concept that is known as modernism, also called nouveau architecture. Gaudy was fanatical, in an intense manner, about integrating natural organic shapes with the architectural designs he created.This incorporation merged with his spectacular perception of color, which produced some constructions that are innovative.

Arguably, the most famous building in the city of Barcelona, La Sagrada is seen by a lot of people as the cathedral of the town. The last stage of Gaudy’s life ended as a devout Catholic, and he got inspiration for this design from another architect’s scheme. He reworked this design that produced one of the most famous churches worldwide. The design of this fantastic grotesque building is influenced by the eerie patterns of those mountains that are in the surroundings of Montserrat. A lot of other feats of Gaudi as a genius are found around Barcelona. Such achievements include his beautiful buildings, Casa Batllo and Casa Mila, early street lamps, sited in Placa Reial, etc. All these designs show the traits of Gaudi’s ingenious mind, some of which are twisted metal-work, curved building stones, extravagantly colored tile mosaics and wave-shaped balconies.

Antonio Gaudi got hit by a tram and  got admitted to a hospital for paupers, in which he died in 1926. Now, a Gaudi museum is integrated into the church that holds some exciting models, revealing the technique used by this Catalan architect in working out the details of his building designs. In my opinion, Gaudi’s essence can consistently found at the captivating Parc Guell. This structure has plazas, benches, hidden stone-work and grottos and twisting pathways, which wind through the grounds (wooded).