Gaudi’s First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History (9 pics)




© Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017. All images by Pol Viladoms. Built between 1883 and 1885, Casa Vicens is the very first home designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi . During most of the Barcelona home’s 130-year-old history it served as a private residence, but thanks to a 2014 purchase by MoraBanc and a massive two-year renovation, the 19th-century building will be repurposed as a cultural center opening this October. Casa Vicens was originally commissioned by the tile manufacturer Manuel Vicens i Montaner as a summer home, but sold in 1899 to the Jover family who owned the house for more than a century. The restoration of Casa Vicens began in April 2015, led by architects Jose Antonio Martinez Lapena and Elias Torres, of  Martinez Lapena-Torres Arquitectes , and David Garcia of Daw Office . The new museum will display many of Gaudis original designs while hosting both permanent and rotating exhibitions within its grand interior. The building itself stands as an early example of the architect’s Neo-Mudejar architecture, and is one of eight UNESCO World Human Heritage Site in Barcelona. Casa Vicens completes the Gaudi Route , a series of more than a dozen buildings designed by the architect including the breathtaking  La Sagrada Familia . (via Dezeen and Hyperallergic )

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History

Gaudi's First Built House Opens to the Public for the First Time in its 130-Year-Old History




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