Google Doodle Celebrates Famed Architect Antoni Gaudi’s Birthday

Search engine pays homage to the father of Catalan architecture with a collage of his most recognizable buildings.

Google has decided to celebrate legendary architect Antoni Gaudi’s 161st birthday with a doodle showcasing six of his best pieces of work – including Casa Batlo and Casa Mila in a miniature collage.

Known as the father of modern Catalan architecture, Antoni Gaudi was born on June 25, 1852 in Reus, part of Catalonia in Spain. Growing up in the same region where he was born, the architectural master learnt his skills from many different places.

He studied teaching and architecture for many years, also gaining work experience in a textile mill, during his compulsory military service and as a draftsman while trying to finance his education.

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Gaudi’s architectural style was influenced by Gothic Revival and Modernism – part of why many consider him the master of Catalan Modernism. He also took inspiration from geometric forms and various oriental styles including those from India, Persia and Japan.

Many of Gaudi’s works have been given World Heritage status by UNESCO including the Park Guell, the Palau Guell, the Casa Mila, the Nativity facade, as well as the crypt and the apse of the Sagrada Familia. The fact that these sites have been considered worthy of such a title just serves as further testament to his abilities.

Gaudi died on June 10, 1926 at the age of 73 in Barcelona after he was hit by a passing tram.

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