"The works of Antoni Gaudí represent a series of outstanding examples of the building typology in the architecture of the early 20th century, residential as well as public, to the development of which he made a significant and creative contribution. It is, furthermore, an outstanding and well-preserved example of the ideal garden cities dreamed of by the urbanists of the end of the 19th century."
Gaudí was inspired by the Shipper's project that he had done in the School when constructing El Capricho. The difference between Shipper's project and El Capricho is there is an alone tower instead of two.
Gaudí designed seven buildings in his lifetime. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given free reign in the design of gardens, sculpture and all decorative arts, as well as architecture.
El Capricho had form of U, and protected from the wind of the North. In its hole orientated to the South was a great greenhouse, where Máximo Díaz de Quijano was acclimating the plants that him were bringing of America.
Like Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaudí has inspired architects long after his death. He is most identified with the dynamic, sculptural facades found on his structures.
Gaudi's first major job was the Casa Vicens. It was built as the summer residence for the ceramics dealer, Manuel Vicens i Montaner.
After working on some small projects as a student, he graduated in 1878 from the Provincial School of Architecture. Most of Gaudi's works were done in and around Barcelona.
Gaudí was far from an outstanding student in the religious schools that he attended. As a student of architecture, it is said that he missed many classes, but was known to spend much time in the library.
The youngest of five children, Antoni Gaudì was born in the Catalan province of Tarragona to a family of 4 generations of artisan coppersmiths. Little is known of Gaudi's early childhood, except that he suffered from rheumatism from the age of six which often interrupted his education at the school.
Gaudí is celebrated for his unique designs and his Art Nouveau buildings. However, Gaudí also worked on residential homes, parks, and gardens. Only a minority give these structures note in Gaudí's body of work.
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