Born on June 25th, 1852 in the small village of Riudoms in Spain, Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect whose portfolio of work has become internationally in the architecture community. As a practitioner of Catalan Modernism, Gaudi’s work utilized curves, shapes and ornamentations never before seen in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspired by various forms of architecture from oriental and neoclassical to naturalist and neo-mudejar, Gaudi developed his own aesthetic using elements of each while incorporating materials like iron, concrete and ceramic tile.
Walking through the streets of Barcelona, buildings like Casa Vicens and La Pedrera are unmistakable with their undulating curves, and ceramic tile-accented facades. However, it’s Gaudi’s final work, the Sagrada Família, that’s perhaps his most recognizable. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has been under construction for over 133 years and is scheduled to be completed in 2026 — 100 years after his death.
Here’s a look at some of our favourite projects by Gaudi we found on Instagram!