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Gaudi’s first architectural masterpiece, Casa Vicens opening

Intricate details, abstract rooftops and a mishmash of patterns all collide in Gaudi’s first architectural work. It has been named a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site. The much anticipated opening of Gaudi’s first architectural masterpiece is Thursday, November 16th 2017.

 

The original summer house has been repurposed as a museum and cultural attraction and is located in the Gracia barrio of Barcelona on Carrer de les Carolines.

 

Casa Vicens was the first notable commission for the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The fascinating design was commissioned by Manel Vicens, a successful finance broker in the late 19th century.

 

Interior of Casa Vicens Barcelona | Pol-Viladoms - Gaudi’s first architectural masterpiece
Interior of Casa Vicens Barcelona |© Pol-Viladoms

 

The ground floor of Gaudi’s first masterpiece features a dining room, porch, smoking room to relax in and a foyer. Designs reflect palm trees and roses with a mix of colours including sky blue. The first floor features the bedrooms with beamed ceilings and vine motifs, a sitting room and terrace with bench. The second floor boasts an open plan space which hosts the permanent collection.

 

Rooftop of Casa Vicens, Barcelona. Photo: Pol Viladoms - Gaudi’s first architectural masterpiece
Rooftop of Casa Vicens, Barcelona. © Pol Viladoms

 

As we know from other Gaudí buildings, the rooftop can often be the highlight of the visit. This rooftop offers the same open air views that we come to expect. The tower holds a cupola whilst green and white ceramic tiles adorn the chimney tops. As well as the stimulating array of colours and brickwork on the Gaudí building, the garden features a mix of mediterranean flora and fauna.

 

Gift shop in Casas Vicens, Barcelona, Photo: Pol Viladoms - Gaudi’s first architectural masterpiece
Gift shop in Casas Vicens, Barcelona | © Pol Viladoms

 

The original coal cellar below Casa Vicens has been refurbished into the La Capell store and bookshop.

Hours are Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm (except Christmas Day). General entrance is 16€, children under 7 go free, and seniors entrance is discounted to 14€.

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