Barcelona is a must not only for anyone passionate about architecture and modernism, but also for any romantic. Indeed we never get tired of walking in the streets of the Catalan capital to enjoy the wonderful façades imagined by the local architects who decided to use their imagination to their clients’ wishes.
The opening last year of the Casa Vicens, first house thought and designed by Antoni Gaudí, gives art and Barcelona lovers the opportunity to enter in the heart of modernism, by visiting a place before closed to the public.
Now, you can also enjoy it. Book right now your Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation tickets to Barcelona where an unforgettable visit is waiting for you.
The first house by Gaudí
Antoni Gaudí often said that “originality consists in getting back to the origins”. It is impossible to enter Casa Vicens without thinking of this sentence as it is his first house.
Five years after graduating of the School of Architecture in 1883, Mister Vicens, who was a stockbroker, contacted the young Gaudí, who then was 30 years old, to make him a proposal: he wanted him to design a summer holiday house for his family in Gràcia, when this district was not part of the city yet.
The exterior of Casa Vicens
The birthplace of modernism
Even if Gaudí’s style is recognizable on a few elements like the wrought iron grilles or the ceramic pieces inspired by nature, Casa Vicens is very different from the ones he designed later - Casa Battló, Casa Milà,… - as we cannot find any curve or hyperbole structures.
However, as Mercedes Mora, responsible of the Casa Vicens, says: the first house designed by the Catalan architect is a “boundless outburst of influences, a breathtaking range of techniques and knowledge”. As a matter of fact, Gaudí used all the techniques he had learnt while studying, he mixed and played with them to give birth to a unique decor inspired by oriental and mozarabic patterns and atmospheres, as well as by nature.
Beautiful details of Casa Vicens
At that time, Gaudí’s art provoked great astonishment as it showed a complete break with what had been done until that moment.
Although the house has been rehabilitated and is now part of World Heritage, the development of the city as well as the integration of Gràcia to it did not allow to rebuild all what surrounded the house. During your visit, imagine that in 1885, when the project was finished, a big garden surrounded the house and its inhabitants could hear the water streaming everywhere among the plants. When the sun rays went through the fountains, rainbows were formed.
The interior offers a lot of magic
The artist designed the project as a whole, joining the decoration of the house to the nature nearby, giving it moreover an incredible forward-looking confort.
In each one of the rooms, you can easily immerse in the history of the house. In addition to this, rooms with expositions will give you more interesting details about the social and cultural context of that time.
Beautiful details in the terraces of Casa Vicens
When you go out, do not miss a stop at Hofmann to taste a delicious pastry in one of the most sophisticated places in Barcelona.
Comfortably installed in one of our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high speed trains, plunge again in the heart of Casa Vicens watching your photos or looking through a book you will have bought in the shop of the museum.