The Vicens home, Antoni Gaudì’s first project, built 130 years ago, is now open to the public. A visit makes an essential addition to a trip to Barcelona.
A new “essential sight” to add to the itinerary for a trip to Barcelona: 130 years after its construction, Casa Vicens, considered the first great building of the Catalonian Modernist movement and the first project by Antoni Gaudì, has become a museum house open to the public.
The Vicens home has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2005, but thorough study and scrupulous restoration work was required before the public could finally view the first great project by Antoni Gaudì, considered a manifesto of his architecture. The house, commissioned by Manel Vicens i Montaner, was built in 1883-1885 in Gracia, now part of Barcelona. The simplicity of traditional Catalonian construction techniques was only the starting point for Gaudì.