Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s Catalan creations are remarkably unique, blending the elements of the classical with the sinuous playfulness of Art Nouveau.
Seven of his works have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, as awesome today as when they first created.
But his most famous creation remains unfished, started in 1882 and due — finally — 144 years later in 2025, the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
Via Gizmodo, a remarkable animation of what the finished edifice will look like
2026 We build tomorrow
When Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was tragically killed by a train in 1926, he was in the middle of building of his masterpiece—the Barcelona basilica, Sagrada Familia. Eighty-six years later, the church still isn’t complete. But according to Jordi Faulí, the current architect on the magnificent life-sized sand castle, it’ll be done by 2026. This is what it’s going to look like.
Construction on Sagrada Familia began in 1882, and since Gaudí’s death, nine architects have been put on the famously never-ending project. One of the controversial roadblocks to its completion was the fire in the crypt of Sagrada Familia in 1936, which destroyed all the plans, sketches, and models Gaudí had left behind, forcing later designers to interpret what they thought the brilliant Gaudí wanted the basilica to look like.
This video shows what the culmination of the work being funded mainly through public donations, including the massive, yet-to-be-finished 564-foo tower at its center. But a lot can happen between now and 2026—so we’ll believe it when we see it.