Gaudi was born into a family of metalsmiths in the town of Reus, Baix Camp, in 1852. He claims to have been largely influenced by this family trade, which was the origin of his personal vision and understanding of space.
At the age of eighteen he decided to move to Barcelona and became an architect student. While he pursued his career, he used to work in architect studios.
Between 1900 and 1917 the architect devoted himself to designing and creating and restoring, developing his own characteristic style.
It was during this period when he restored the Casa Batlló (Batlló House) and built the Park Güell and the church bearing the same name: the Church of Colònia Güell. The construction of the Milà house (known as 'La Pedrera') and the schools of the Sagrada Família took place during this period as well.
After 1918, Gaudi devoted the last years of his life entirely to his most representative masterpiece, the Sagrada Família or Holy Family. He was involved in a terrible and unfortunate accident that resulted in his death, when run over by a tram.