Antoni Gaudí’s rare imaginative vision, added to his stunning ability to materialise his thoughts, makes him one of the great artistic geniuses in history. Today, Gaudí’s new architecture is part of the world’s heritage.
The most recent winners of the Pritzker Architecture Prize—seen as the Nobel Prize for architecture—Wang Shu (China, 2012) and Toyo Ito (Japan, 2013) have clearly acknowledged Gaudí’s influence on their work.
This inspiration is both spiritual and technological, since Gaudí revolutionised mathematical and geometric applications in design, engineering and architecture.
The Gaudí Research Institute has put together the largest collection of Gaudí’s documents, tools, materials and original objects. Analysis and research of these largely hitherto unknown and unseen resources have accredited the members of The Gaudí Research Institute to offer expert advice and assistance on restoring Gaudí’s buildings and homologating building projects and products.
Gaudí’s aesthetic and architectural solutions gave rise to new shapes and forms and are still highly relevant in the 21st century. Gaudí was a pioneer in using innovative, modern concepts such as sustainability and social values in his architecture and planning.
It seems clear that architecture and planning in the future will lead to new, more enriching ways of viewing life and strengthening ties between people.
Here, once again Gaudí was ahead of his time, as seen in his project for Colònia Güell, where alongside the industrial facilities he designed a hospital, school and crèche, theatre, church, co-op, gardens and one of the first football pitches.