Petit Futé's opinion on CASA VICENS
A work of youth by Gaudí, built between 1883 and 1885 on a commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner, who wanted to establish his summer residence there. Gaudí was inspired by oriental architecture and the Mudejar style in his design. Its splendid facades combine red brick and polychrome ceramic with oriental motifs. The wrought iron garden gates, designed by Joan Oños, are decorated with palm leaf and Indian carnation motifs. Casa Vicens and its garden have undergone various changes since their creation. Today the house has three different spaces: the original building, designed by Antoni Gaudí, the extension carried out in 1925 by Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez and the garden, replanted during the on-site renovation.
On 4 levels, we discover the meticulously restored interiors, decorated with coffered ceilings, woodwork and paintings, and more particularly the smokers' lounge, on the noble floor, with its polychrome plaster reliefs that clearly show the influence of oriental architecture on Gaudí's first works. On the same floor, the sumptuous dining room preserves its original furniture designed by Gaudí, as well as a collection of 32 paintings by Francesc Torrescassana. The rooms on the first floor, decorated with sgraffitoes with vegetal motifs, open onto the garden planted with palm trees, magnolias and roses. The second floor is dedicated to the permanent exhibition on Casa Vicens, while a roof terrace crowns the whole.
Information on CASA VICENS
From April to September, every day 10am-8pm. From October to March, Monday 10am-3pm, Tuesday to Sunday 10am-7pm. Admission €16.
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