Gaudi’s distinctive architectural style seamlessly blends organic and geometric elements, showcasing intricate details, vibrant colors, and a harmonious integration with nature. His extravagant, shapeshifting structures, drawing on a wide variety of influences, led him to become one of the most famous architects of the early 20th century.
“Gaudi did not have a happy life,” Amada tells us. “He suffered from rheumatism from childhood and had to go slowly.” According to researchers, this is partly why he became such a good observer.
“He had plenty of time to watch how the trees and leaves grow, and how nature developed around him. He later came to the conclusion, that nature ‘teaches us how to do things.’
“Gaudi would say ‘look around, nothing alive is straight. The trees are not straight, and they don’t fall. The human body is not a straight line or the animals. Why should my buildings be straight?
“So, the lines of curves that he used are from nature. The hyperboloid, the paraboloids, the conoid and all these geometric figures. He used them because they exist in reality. Straight lines are not really the good ones, they’re in fact weak and insufficient.”
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