Google remembers Antonie Gaudi on his 161 birth anniversary

Tuesday, 25 June 2013 - 4:42pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 25 June 2013 - 8:18pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team
Antonie Gaudi, a renowned Spanish architect is remembered on his 161 birth anniversary today June 25, 2013
  • <p> The Google doodle and the Episcopal Palace of Antonio Gaudi. Modernist style.</p> Xulio Villarino Getty Images

Google celebrates Antonie Gaudi i Cornet's 161 year birth anniversary. Gaudi was a Spanish architect, one of the most influential in the age of Spanish modernism.

Antonie i Cornet was known for his unique style of design and is remembered till date for manficient creations mostly in the city of Barcelona.

Gaudi's first contribution to the city of Barcelona were the lampposts that he had designed for the Royal Plaza square, know to be a famous tourist attraction even now in the city.

Most importantly, Gaudi was the designer of the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family also known as the Sagrada Família. The church is now a World Heritage Site according to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

Gaudi is known to have been inspired by oriental arts of India and Persia which he knew through various studies of architectural theoreticians of his age.

Carlos Flores mentioned in Les lliçons de Gaudí that Gaudi was a great fan of Islamic art. He appreciated it for its spatial uncertainty, its concept of structures with limitless space; its feeling of sequence, fragmented with holes and partitions, which create a divide without disrupting the feeling of open space by enclosing it with barriers.

Some of Antonie's personal work suggested that he was a strict vegetarian and was known to preserve severe fasts that were life-threatening.

Gaudi died on June 7, 1926 when he was struck by a passing tram on the streets of Barcelona. 

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