Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí, better known for his unfinished masterpiece
Vicens had commissioned it as a summer house, where his family could escape the suffocating heat of summer in the city. Rising to the challenge, Gaudí set about creating a dreamy oasis that would transport the occupants to another world.
For the first time in its 130-year history, last November this four-storey mansion opened to the public. Two years of exhaustive restoration had returned the house, as far as possible, to its original state
. The design made it one of the first art nouveau buildings in Europe and the house was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005. It was the last of the six such sites by Gaudí in Barcelona to be opened to the public.
An alcove in the dining room illustrates Gaudí’s inimitable aesthetic.