the first house completed by catalan architect antoni gaudí has opened to the public following a major restoration.expectedly moorish and brilliantly colorful, ‘casa vicens’ was built by gaudí in barcelona between 1883 and 1885 as a summer home for real-estate broker manel vicens i montaner.
fortunately for the guadí trail trekkers en route to barcelona, that all changed when a spanish bank bought the UNESCO world heritage site three years ago. with the help of local design studio DAW, the buyers have since transformed casa vicens into a museum which opened to the public this past november for the first time.
however, the site is not as it originally once was. in 1925, vicens sold the custom-made summer home to a man named antoni jover who converted it into a three-family residence. Some sacrifices were made including gaudí’s original staircase.