Casa Vicens

Hola mundo! Welcome to Barcelona, our amazing city, where my favorite artist by far is everywhere to be found. In its buildings, parks, pavements, even in its lights. Yes, I am talking about Gaudí.

Antoni Gaudí i Cornet is Barcelona’s most famous architect, from Reus, Catalonia. Recognized worldwide as one of the most prestigious experts in his discipline, as well as one the top exponents of modernism. Gaudís works shaped the way of thinking about architecture for a whole generation. His influence on Catalan modernism was immense, creating a unique style that many have tried to replicate.

 

Casa Vicens

All of his works are nature influenced, as Gaudí said “There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature. Therefore, buildings must have no straight lines or sharp corners.”

All Gaudís works are amazing, but all stories must have a beginning and that’s why today I am going to talk about Casa Vicens, Gaudís first important project. Designed as a summer house for Manuel Vicens and his family, Casa Vicens showed Gaudís unparalleled talent and was declared an Unesco World Heritage site in 2005.

Casa Vicens has always been private property but last year on the 16 of November of 2017, they finally opened its doors to the public. After 2 years of restoring it I am glad to say it is everything I imaged and more.

The house is located in the heart of Gràcia, which at the time of its creation was a small village on the outskirts of Barcelona. As the city started to expand and Casa Vicens changed owners, the surrounding land and incredible Gaudí garden was unfortunately sold off. One of the families which Casa Vicens was sold to decided to expand the house. Since Gaudí by then was already working on la Sagrada Familia he gave the job to Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez in 1925.

We can see how Gaudí was influenced by Islamic and Asian architecture through stunning details throughout the house, and although this was Gaudí’s first project we can already see how he was hugely influenced by nature. The house is covered with green and white tiles that have yellowish details imitating the marigolds that grew within the garden. The original owner of Casa Vicens, Manuel Vicens, was the owner of a brick and tile factory, so the ceramic tiles pay tribute to his employment, all the tiles were made by Manuel Vicens company.

The entrance doors are made of cast iron and filigree and reminiscent of palm leaves.

Casa Vicens
Casa Vicens

In the bedroom of the first floor, the space between the beams is decorated with ceramic ceiling tiles made in pressed paper-maché and green polychrome with vine motifs. The walls are covered with a layer of stucco symbolizing reeds and rushes, on one side, and ferns on the other.

Above the smoking room on the main floor there is a small sitting room with a false dome, in gold, where there is painted flying birds and climbing plants, as if the room was connected to the outdoors.

Casa Vicens is one of Gaudí’s most beautiful buildings, giving us an insight into the beginning of this incredible genius career. Now that it is finally open to the public it really is a site not to be missed!

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Source: https://casavicens.org/

Casa Vicens