FIRST LOOK AT CASA VICENS
For the last 130 years Casa Vicens, architect Antoni Gaudí’s first building in Barcelona, has been a private residence, viewable to the hordes Gaudí fans visiting the Catalan capital only on the outside.
Now, for the first time after a restoration and investment project by MoraBanc who bought the property in 2015, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is open to the public. Built as a summer home between 1883 and 1885 by the 31-year-old Gaudí for wealthy broker-dealer Manel Vicens Montaner, Casa Vicens displays the creative freedom that would become the hallmark of Gaudí’s entire future oeuvre. We can’t wait to discover whether the home’s exterior checkerboard of teal and white tiles and terracotta touches are recreated inside.