Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Vicens to Open as a Museum This Fall

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* Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí’s first home to become museum
* Project was delayed in 2016, but confirmed to open this fall 2017
* Casa Vicens considered one of Gaudi’s most significant projects

Arch Daily has reported that the first home designed by renowned Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí, will open this fall, as a permanent museum open to the public in Barcelona.

Until now, the project — originally scheduled to open last year — was put on hold with no concrete completion deadline due to complications in the restoration process. Casa Vicens is recognized as one of the architect’s most significant projects ever created and the exhibition is expected to be a huge attraction for both tourists and locals alike.

Gaudí built Casa Vicens for a patron seeking a summer retreat house between 1883-1885, marrying the traditions of orientalist and neo-Gothic architectural styles. Now, the colorful four-story structure serves as a cultural landmark in the city, closely linked to formation of the young architect’s burgeoning career and to the formation of the modernist movement in Spain as a whole.

Casa Vicens was one of Barcelona’s first Art Nouveau buildings, breaking ties from the city’s antiquated architectural DNA and distinguishing Gaudí’s signature aesthetic cultivated in his early career. While the building’s impressive exterior was always a popular sight-seeing destination, the upcoming exhibition will take patrons inside the home for the first time.

Gaudí is known for galvanizing the modernist architecture movement in Spain, constructing his buildings with unexpected design elements, including the use of unconventional adornments, vivid color schemes and exaggerated arches. Casa Vicens visualizes his energized style, in its ceramic-adorned facade, color-blocked tiles with intersecting shades of green, and its angular rendering.

The museum not only plans to restore the home, but it is also expanding it to double the original size. However, the exhibition committee has paid extra attention to preserving the authenticity and accuracy to the original structure during the renovation process, out of respect to Gaudí.

The museum will be divided into three thematic sections, including the history of the estate, the history of Gaudí, and the socio-cultural subtext surrounding Casa Vicens and its place in the architectural canon. Admission fees will cost between €12 and €22, and online reservations will be offered. According to the report, the museum is expecting over 150,000 visitors each year, so make sure to plan your visit in advance.