His best known work is probably the Passion Facade of the basilica of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. He was controversial, as he did not make any concessions to the style of the architect who designed the building, Antoni Gaudí. Subirachs" sculptural typography in Barcelona is featured in Eye magazine (Number 37, Volume(s) 10, Autumn 2000) along with the work of Joan Brossa.
Creu de Sant Jordi of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Medal of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Officier dans l"Ordre des Arts et Lettres of France
Personnalité de l"Année 1987, Paris
Medalla de Honor, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel, Hungria
The asteroid 134124 Subirachs, discovered in 2005, was named in his honour.