Casa Vicens: Gaudí’s first work opens in Barcellona

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Given UNESCO heritage status in 2005, Casa Vicens is a modernist style building in Barcelona. It was built by Gaudì between 1883 and 1885 as a summer residence for the real estate broker Manuel Vicens i Montaner on land he had inherited from his mother Rosa Montaner.
The building combines Gothic elements with a Mediterranean, even Islamic, style. Gaudì was looking for “a Gothic building full of light, which made use of colour; a Gothic that was half maritime, half continental.”

Azulejos tiles are combined with bricks and unfinished stone alternating vertical patterns with chessboard motifs that call to mind Arab-style constructions. The azulejos were designed by Gaudì who used the flowers in the garden of the house as a model as well as drawing inspiration from the surrounding nature for the ironwork which follows the shape of the leaves of the palm trees. The interior decoration was equally detailed: the murals stand out on account of their nature-inspired theme.

In 2014, the MoraBanc bank purchased Casa Vicens and with the help of the local DAW design studio transformed Casa Vicens into a museum that was opened to the public for the first time last November.
Unfortunately the site is not as it used to be. in 1925, Vicens sold the summer house to a man named Antoni Jover who turned it into a three-family residence while between 2015 and 2017 a restoration project modified the building and transformed it into a cultural institution. During this period efforts were made to restore Gaudì’s original design using original photographs and historical documents.
https://casavicens.org 
 


 

© Pol Viladoms

 

© Pol Viladoms

 

© Pol Viladoms

 


 

© Pol Viladoms

 
© Pol Viladoms

 

© Pol Viladoms