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Inside Gaudí’s first house: 130-year-old Casa Vicens opens to public in Barcelona

The Catalan architect’s first big commission is considered his ‘manifesto house’ and the genesis of his distinctive style

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Steve Powell  

Updated: 6:58pm, 5 Apr, 2018

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Inside Casa Vicens in Barcelona, Spain, the first house ever designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Pictures: Pol Viladoms
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Casa Vicens was the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí, better known for his unfinished masterpiece
2018/04/09 02:27
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.
2018/04/09 02:27
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
2018/04/09 02:28
. 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.
2018/04/09 02:28