As a teenager I was fascinated with architecture, especially modern architecture. I read everything I could about Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies Van De Rhoe, but the man who intrigued me was one of the forerunners of these men. Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi was a product of the 19th century, but his work still inspires today.
His style had elements of the Art Nouveau school while maintaining his own quirky and richly organic style. His crowning masterpiece, a structure still being completed was the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. It soars like a cathedral, but seems to have grown from the earth like some kind of living organism. Words fail to describe it.
The website for the building is here. It's in Spanish, but the images are universal. Enjoy!