Commissioned by Manuel Vicens and built between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens is one of the earliest masterpieces of the Modernisme movement. It heralds Gaudí’s later work and is a living example of the climate of aesthetic renewal that filled the air in the late 19th century across the whole of Europe.
The property was originally designed as a summer residence with a garden, in which geometrical forms and a wealth of ornamentation, inspired by the local plant life, are present both on the exterior of the house as well as in its various rooms inside: an explosion of colour and creativity evident in the distinctive ceramic tiles that cover the façade and in the decorative features in the interior spaces.
VisitSituated in the heart of the fascinating Gràcia neighbourhood of Barcelona, Casa Vicens will open its doors to visitors in the autumn of 2017.
Casa Vicens offers an entertaining and educational tour that will appeal to everyone and includes a permanent exhibition, as well as the opportunity to view the rooms as conceived by Gaudí, today carefully restored.
Through original pieces, models, audio-visual presentations and archive items, visitors will learn about the history and evolution of Casa Vicens over the years, the socio-cultural climate of the era when it was built, and its place within the international architecture panorama of the day. Visitors will then embark on a journey through time, during which they will discover the private and public rooms of the house occupied by the Vicens family, just as they were designed by Gaudí.
A programme of temporary exhibitions and educational activities will complement the cultural events organised.
Antoni GaudíAntoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926) is one of the leading figures of architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century. His wide-ranging architectural works, encompassing detached family homes and apartment buildings, as well as mansions and religious edifices, reveal his creativity and his innovative vision of the language of architecture that have made him the most highly renowned Catalan architect worldwide.
Barcelona is Gaudí’s city and it was here that this universal genius left his unique mark. The buildings he designed, which are open to visitors in the city, help us to discover and learn about him, the most celebrated architect to have worked in Barcelona.
Gaudí’s work is of universal importance and, for this reason, six of the buildings he constructed in the city are included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Among this treasure trove of forms and spaces there is one hidden jewel that is due to open shortly to the public: Casa Vicens, the first house Gaudí designed.
© Photos: Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. Foto: Pol Viladoms