Antoni Gaudì's Casa Vicens
If you are amazed about all the Gaudì’s masterpieces you found in Barcelona and would like to visit more, you can’t miss it: casa Vicens, the first important job for the Catalan genius.
In 1983 Manuel Vicens i Montaner, a businessman, entrusted a young Gaudì to build his villa near Barcelona. In Gràcia, Antonio Gaudì started his first important project opening the floodgates to the Modernism movement not only in Catalonia but also in the rest of Europe. Nowadays this amazing house can be visited and thanks to the growing of the town is now situated not far away from downtown.
As the house was partially renovated during last century, the result is a mix of the first Gaudì’s first project and some following changes, some of which made by Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez, a modernist architect.
The house ‘s façade shows different colours caused from the various materials: in fact, some parts of the facade are made up of red bricks, while others of ‘azulejos’ (little ceramic pieces). In many of Gaudì’s masterpieces it is possible to find decorations that remind the Arabic ones, as well as in Casa Vicens.
After admiring the colourful façade, do some steps and get into the most decorated room: the dining room (Figure 1) has typical plant motifs on the walls, ceramic decorations, many paintings and wooden furniture designed by same Gaudì. Feel as in the mid of a forest surrounded by flora and fauna, birds flying and in bloom flowers. This room has also a nice balcony from where at the beginning the owners could see the above garden. The balcony has an interesting structure that adjusts the ventilation: Gaudì was usually paying attention to the lights and the air flows. Right after the dining room, the smoking room (Figure 2) shows a strong Arabic style, blue and yellow walls and as always some plants to give you the idea of being outdoor.
Yet at the gate, you will understand Gaudì’s ideas. The gate is in fact made up of palm leaves in wrought iron. The natural elements will represent the leitmotiv for the whole building, from leaves to flying birds. Right after entering, at the lobby of the building, take a picture immerse in the indian carnations, same flower chose for the decoration of the façade.
You will finish your visit at the rooftop, a big open space to relax enjoying a sunset. Take a picture inside the amazing tower with a dome placed on its top, covered by coloured ‘azulejos’. The towers didn’t have just an aesthetic role but served as covers for the chimneys of the building.