The first house ever completed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí will open to the public this autumn, and we’re obsessed with the Instagram charting its restoration.
Designed by the 31-year-old Gaudí between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens was built as a summer home for stockbroker Manel Vicens i Montaner. Its construction marked not only Gaudí’s first building in Barcelona, but also an entirely new chapter in the history of modern architecture.
Built using traditional Catalan construction techniques, its startlingly beautiful design mixes oriental, neoclassical, gothic, Christian and Moorish influences in iron, glass, ceramic, concrete and, intriguingly, pressed cardboard, which Gaudí used to create three dimensional model figures of ivy, fruit and flowers. It is the eighth building in Barcelona listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last to be opened to the public.