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Gaudí's inspiration

“The architect of the future will be based on the imitation of nature, because it is the most rational, durable and economical of all methods.”
Antoni Gaudí

Gaudí was inspired by pine cones and fish scales to make the roofs of his buildings. Overlapping relatively small pieces from bottom to top ensures protection against the elements: water and wind.

Did you know that Gaudí was the first ecological architect? Riudoms was his inspiration.

Gaudí reproduces the forms he sees in nature in glazed ceramics and gives them colour. Gaudí’s colours, the chromatic range he uses, are the fruit of the light that he perceives in Riudoms, the light that Gaudí calls Mediterranean.

Follow in Gaudí’s footsteps

Right now you are reliving Gaudí’s footsteps in the town where he was born. Nowhere in the world can you see the same light, breathe the same air, see the same colours, touch the same objects of nature and enjoy the same temperature that turns this land into a continuous spring, as the Romans used to say.

The light of Riudoms is the light of Gaudí, the colours of Riudoms are the colours of Gaudí. To enjoy Riudoms is to enjoy Gaudí.

The light that achieves the greatest harmony is that which has an inclination of 45°, since it strikes the bodies neither horizontally nor vertically. It is what can be considered medium light and gives the most perfect vision of bodies and the most exquisite nuance. It is the light of the Mediterranean.”

Antoni Gaudí

Riudom Centre

This manor house was built in 1731. The property belonged to the Moragas family until 1886, when the Carlist centre bought the house to convert it into a recreational society. It is plausible to think that the young Gaudí, influenced by his family, often took part in the Centre’s activities. The organisation continued to be active until 1953.

The Gaudí Family and Riudoms

The ancestors of Gaudí at Riudoms were widowed on more than one occasion and second marriages were held. From all the marriages, there were numerous children, although many did not reach adulthood. In 1700, Josep Gaudí Oriol married Vicenta Coll Noguera, the daughter of an Argentinian, in Riudoms. One of his sons, the heir Josep Gaudí Coll, is cited by Antoni Gaudí Cornet’s biographers as the “squanderer” of the family fortune and they especially point out that he did not give his children an education. He also dedicated himself to politics before dying in 1732, becoming the main alderman of Riudoms. In 1749, his son rented out a fishmonger business and some years later rented the common oven.