Architect Antoni Gaudi’s First House Design Opens as Barcelona Museum


Antoni Gaudi was an architect who is known for his “Catalan Modernism” architecture. While just 31-years-old, Gaudi built his first home after he was commissioned by Manuel Vicens i Montaner who owned a brick and tile factory. The construction of the home was started in 1883 and was completed in 1885. This home is considered to be the first piece of modern architecture that came to exist.

Now, this house that Gaudi built is being turned into a museum called the Casa Vicens. It is a symbol of the very first Art Nouveau architectural design. It used to be just a house that was open to visitors but then it was publicly shut down in 2015 so it could be renovated into a museum. It is expected to get reopened in the middle of 2017.

The purpose of the museum is to perverse Gaudi’s work and design. There are not even any furnishings in the museum because Joan Abella, who is the director of the museum, wants to keep Gaudi’s essence alive in it. You won’t even find pictures in the museum of how the house used to look with furnishings.

There have been many delays in opening the museum because the renovations have been more complex than originally anticipated. The museum director expects that about 150,000 tourists will visit the museum each year.

Casa Vicens: Website | Facebook | Instagram h/t: Arch Daily

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