BARCELONA - For the first time in its 130-year-old history, the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí will be open to the public to become a museum.
Casa Vicens was built between 1883 and 1885 in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gràcia, will open in October following a major two-year restoration led by a trio of Spanish architects. This is the latest building dsigned by Gaudí to be opened for public view, becoming part of the so-called Gaudí Route which includes the famous Sagrada Familia.
The house was originally commissioned by Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a tile manufacturer which was going to use it as a summer home. It remained a private residence until 2014 when it was purchased by MoraBanc, with the intention of opening it up for public visits.
Restorations work began in 2015 with the aim of transforming the building into a cultural centre that both showcases Gaudí’s original designs and hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The restoration team worked on both structural aspects of the building to accommodate its new function but also worked on the building’s decorative elements such as the ceramic tiles of the façade.
The dining room housed 34 paintings by Barcelona artist Francesc Torrescassana i Sallarés that were also in need of restoration.
For more information on this project visit: https://casavicens.org/