02.07.2018

Gaudì Before Gaudì

A recent addition to the magnificent collection of masterpieces by Antoni Gaudì in Barcelona, Casa Vicens is actually the first project the then 31 year old architect designed and built

  • Gaudì Before Gaudì
  • Gaudì Before Gaudì
  • Gaudì Before Gaudì
  • Gaudì Before Gaudì
  • Gaudì Before Gaudì
  • Gaudì Before Gaudì
  • Gaudì Before Gaudì

Casa Batló, La Pedrera, Parc Güell, La Sagrada Familia: these are just some of the world-famous building designed by Barcelona’s most beloved architect of all times, Antoni Gaudì, so chances are you’ve already visited them all on your previous trips to the Catalan city. Yet next time you’re there you might want to add another address to your bucket list: that of Casa Vicens, in the Gràcia district, listed since 2005 among the six Unesco World Heritage site buildings by Gaudì in Barcelona.
 
Built between 1883 and 1885 as a summer house for the family of stock and currency broker Manuel Vicens i Montaner, it is the first important commission Antoni Gaudí received, and the one which sowed the seeds of all his architectural work. Then only 31, at Casa Vicens the young architect first experimented with his unique architectural ideas, including a series of elements that are seen, evolved, in his later works, and that contributed to kicking off the Modernisme movement in Catalonia and Europe.
 
The current configuration of Casa Vicens and its land is the result of many changes and transformations, with three clearly differentiated spaces: the original construction from 1883-1885 designed by Antoni Gaudí, the expansion from 1925 designed by Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez, and the garden surrounding the building.
 
With its new purpose as a museum and cultural space, the renovation project has adapted the spaces in order to house the various services needed, yet Gaudí’s original spaces have been meticulously restored to their original state.
 
Among the highlights are the garden, originally designed by Gaudì by drawing inspiration from Mediterranean flora and fauna and featuring Phoenix and Trachycarpus palms, climbing plants, magnolias and roses, among other plant species of the time; the smoking room on the ground floor, a true oriental oasis with multi-coloured plaster mocarabes on the ceiling replicating palm trees and papier-mâché tiles with polychrome finish in greens, blues and golds; the dining room with the original wooden furniture designed by Gaudí himself; and the rooftop with Gaudì's signature chimneys capped with brick structures clad in green and white ceramic tiles, inspired by Islamic and Asian architecture.
 
Casa Vicens aims to be a unique space for knowledge, culture, gathering, leisure, and enjoyment; an authentic discovery of the extraordinary universe of Gaudí. The visit to the house, with participative museum contents, also includes a permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and a series of cultural and educational activities that integrate various art disciplines for the enjoyment of all visitors.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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