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Google Doodle celebrates Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi`s 161st birthday

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:23

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Today Google is celebrating 161st birthday of the legendary architect Antoni Gaudi with a doodle showcasing some of his work. The doodle features six of his renowned and landmark works including Casa Batlo and Casa Mila in a miniature collage.

Antoni Gaudi was born on June 25, 1852 in Reus, part of Catalonia in Spain. He enrolled in Piarists school, and then worked as an apprentice in a textile mill. He went to Barcelona to study teaching at Convent del Carmel. Gaudi then studied architecture at the Llotja School and the Barcelona Higher School of Architecture and graduated in 1878.To finance his education he pursued a job as a draftsman.

Known as the father of modern Catalan architecture Gaudí`s works reflect his highly individual and distinctive style that were characterised by freedom of form, voluptuous colours and texture. His buildings have left an indelible mark on Barcelona. Gaudí`s work is admired by architects around the world because of the unique,innovative and experimental architectural styles.

Gothic Revival and later Modernism based on historic architecture became a source of inspiration for Gaudi`s architectural style. He also derived inspiration from oriental styles including styles from India, Persia and Japan and from geometric forms.

Between 1984 and 2005, 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, the crypt and the apse of the Sagrada Familia, the Casa Vicens and the Casa Batllo along with the crypt of the Colonia Guell in Santa Coloma de Cervello.
Gaudi died on June 10, 1926 at the age of 73 in Barcelona after he was hit by a passing tram.

First Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 09:15

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