Gaudi’s Casa Vicens will open to the public in autumn; AnneMarie McCarthy; Lonely Planet

Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

Casa Vicens, the first house designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, will open to the public in Barcelona this autumn.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site has undergone three years of extensive renovations in preparation for the re-opening as a museum instead of a private residence. The house is Gaudi’s first Barcelona building (of many) and was originally conceived as a summer house for a local businessman.

The project will be of great interest to fans of the architect’s work as it is an important step in his artistic journey. While the house was built in traditional Catalan style, it appears Gaudi was given a huge amount of creative freedom with the result being something entirely new and unexpected. Casa Vicens is also considered one of the first art nouveau buildings.

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