Antoni Gaudí – 161th Birthday by Google Doodles







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: June 24, 2013
Categories: General News

Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí

Today 25 June 2013, Google is celebrating the life and legacy of Antoni Gaudí with an international Google Doodle on their search engine homepages. Today would have been the 161th Birthday of Antoni Gaudí, he was born on the 25th of June 1852 in Reus, Spain and died on the 10th of June 1926 in Barcelona, Spain.

About Antoni Gaudí

Antoni Gaudí was a world renowned architect and the father of modern Catalan architecture. The works of Antoni Gaudí represent a series of outstanding examples of the building typology in the architecture of the early 20th century, residential as well as public, to the development of which he made a significant and creative contribution. It is, furthermore, an outstanding and well-preserved example of the ideal garden cities dreamed of by the urbanisms of the end of the 19th century.

His architectural work exhibits an important interchange of values closely associated with the cultural and artistic currents of his time, as represented in El Modernisme of Catalonia. Antoni Guadi's work anticipated and influenced many of the forms and techniques that were relevant to the development of modern construction in the 20th century.

Antoni Gaudí professional life was distinctive in that he never ceased to investigate mechanical building structures. Early on, Antoni Gaudí was inspired by oriental arts (India, Persia, Japan) through the study of the historicist architectural theoreticians, such as Walter Pater, John Ruskin and William Morris.

The influence of the Oriental movement can be seen in works like the Capricho, the Güell Palace, the Güell Pavilions and the Casa Vicens. Later on, he adhered to the neo-Gothic movement that was in fashion at the time, following the ideas of the French architect Viollet-le-Duc. This influence is reflected in the Colegi de les Teresianes, the bishop's palace in Astorga, the Casa Botines and the Bellesguard house as well as in the crypt and the apse of the Sagrada Família. Eventually, Antoni Gaudí embarked on a more personal phase, with the organic style inspired by nature in which he would build his major works.

Antoni Gaudí works

Antoni Gaudí World Heritage

In recognition of Antoni Gaudí's contributions to the field of architecture and design culminated in the 1984 listing of Antoni Gaudí's key works as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • 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.
  • Gaudí's work exhibits an important interchange of values closely associated with the cultural and artistic currents of his time, as represented in el Modernisme [sic] of Catalonia. It anticipated and influenced many of the forms and techniques that were relevant to the development of modern construction in the 20th century.
  • Gaudí's work represents a series of outstanding examples of the building typology in the architecture of the early 20th century, residential as well as public, to the development of which he made a significant and creative contribution.

Antoni Gaudí Google Doodle

In today’s Antoni Gaudí Google Doodle one can see several of Antoni Gaudí works in the doodle as well as some of the buildings he have designed which achieved world heritage status!