Building on Nature

The Life of Antoni Gaudi


In a small village in Spain lives a boy named Antoni Gaudí.
His home is in Catalonia, a place of jagged mountain peaks and silvery olive trees splashed by the sparkling sea. The wild beauty of this landscape makes a deep impression. He thinks of it as the Great Book of Nature, and he will read from it all of his life.

Gaudí becomes an architect, learning the rules of form and structure that buildings are supposed to follow. But the shapes and colors of the natural world still inspire him, and he works them into his buildings. Leaves climb up walls. Pillars are giant animal feet. A long bench snakes around a playground.

Antoni Gaudí turned nature into art, and in the process, he revolutionized the world of architecture.