The exuberant Casa Vicens, in the district of Gràcia – will open to the public and promises to give a new life to the city.
Almost a century after his death, the architect of La Sagrada Família is still synonymous with Barcelona. The first house designed by Gaudí, begun in 1883, will open permanently to the public.
The house was commissioned by Manuel Vicens i Montaner, owner of a brick factory. Vicens may have been persuaded to bet on the then unknown 31-year-old architect by the head of the Barcelona School of Architecture, who referred to Gaudí’s graduation as: “We attribute this diploma to a fool or a genius. Time will tell. ”
Vicens’ daring resulted in what many consider to be the first important work of the Catalan Modernist movement, awarded by Unesco in 2005. The work of the architect is a combination of styles, from the Japanese to the neo-Islamic and the joining of original elements that have become one unlikely success.
Casa Vicens was bought by a local family from Manuel’s widow in 1899. This family eventually lived there for three generations before it was put on sale in 2007. In 2014, Andorra MoraBanc’s financial institution bought it and subjected it to a meticulous restoration that lasted three years.
The ground floor will have a souvenir shop, while on the top floor, where there was little architectural value, there will be an exhibition on the history and influences of the house, where Gaudí’s original plans will be.
Source: Vogue * .