Are you staying in Catalonia for business or pleasure? Does modern art attract you? Would you like to see an old summer house converted into a famous museum? If your answers are affirmative you have to take time to visit the Casa Vicens Gaudi. It is located in the Gracia district of the second most populated metropolis of Spain, Barcelona.
First thing you should learn is that Antonio Gaudi, born in Reus or Riudoms on June 25th 1852 and died in Barcelona on Jun 10th 1926 was a renowned Spanish architect, the best known specialist of Catalan Modernism. His style is unique and was influenced by his big life passions besides his profession, the nature and the religion.
He had an innate geometry and volume sense as well as an immense imaginative ability that allowed him to mentally execute most of his labor before drawing them on paper. In fact, he rarely made detailed plans. He preferred to recreate them on three-dimensional models, adding details as they were appearing. Endowed with a strong intuition and creative capacity, the architect conceived his buildings in a global way, attending to structural, functional and decorative solutions.
The Casa Vicens built during the period 1883-1888 was the first important project of Gaudi after his architect degree in 1878. This work belongs to his orientalist stage inspired by the Indian, Persian, and Japanese art mixed with the Hispanic Islamic creations. He employed with great profusion the ceramic tiles decoration, mitral arches, exposed brick brackets and domes or cupolas in the ceilings.
The building was number eight in the city awarded as a World Heritage Site in 2005 by Unesco. It opened to the public on November 16th 2017. Thereby it joined the Gaudi Route and was added to the exclusive list that includes La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Palau de la Música and others. ! Do not miss it!