Very few of us will work at a single job our whole lives. Even fewer will work on a single, self-led project our whole lives. Spanish octogenarian Justo Gallego Martinez is an exception: He's been the sole designer, engineer, and construction worker on a cathedral in Madrid since 1961.
We first wrote about Don Justo three years ago, after a Spanish advertisement and a subsequent NPR article about his 24,000 square foot cathedral broadcast its existence to the world outside of Spain. He has no architectural training, and his building is made from salvaged materials—including bricks donated from a local factory, oil drums, and other scraps.