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"Casa Vincens Modernist House"

UNESCO World Heritage Site. 1st house designed by Antoni Gaudi for Manuel Vicens i Montaner as a summer residence. One of the first Art Nouveau buildings.

Address: Carrer de les Carolines 20, Barcelona. 08012

Summary of prices for Casa Vincens Modernist House

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information
Adult Zone 1 T-casual 16:00 Euros Students 16-25 Years, Over 65 years, 14 Euros
Child 3.00 Euros For under 11
Group/Family Ticket: 10+ People - See Website.
Notes: Buy tickets online as they are cheaper.
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About Casa Vincens Modernist House

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History of Casa Vincens

This was Antonio Gaudi's first commission, when he was 30 years old, to build a summer house for Manel Vicens i Montaner (1836-1895), a wealthy stock and currency broker. Construction was between 1883 and 1885. The house is built on a plot of land owned by Manel Vicens i Montaner between Gracia and Sant Jervasi neighbourhoods.

The house is built with red brick and rough stone using decorative colourful tiles to accent features. This was a distinct break from the traditional architectural styles in Catalonia at the time. The decorative features of the house follow colours and forms found in nature. This was Antonio Gaudi's signature style.

Casa Vincens originally had a large garden with fountain. However in 1925, Manel Vicens's widow sold the property to Doctor Antonio Jover i Puig, who converted the summer house into residential flats. The grounds were divided in half in 1946. The freestanding arch containing the pumps and pipework of a curtain waterfall situated in the centre of the garden patio was dismantled and the house was isolated from the chapel and mineral spring devoted to St. Rita that was originally part of the garden.

Subsequently what was the garden land has now been built on with all but the house remaining of the original summer residence. The ornate railing fence for the now sold and built on land is actually in Parc Guell being re-used to provide the fencing around the school within the park.

The house was designated a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1969, a Cultural Asset of National Interest in 1993 and UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Two years later, the Herrero-Jover family sold the property to MoraBanc who purchased the historic building in 2014 transforming it into a house museum opening to the public in November 2017.

The remaining small garden has been landscaped with palms and climbing plants to fit in with the themes of the house.

The interior of Casa Vincens

Ground Floor or La Planta Noble, is the daytime use rooms and where visitors would be met and entertained. This is the floor with the most decorative elements. There are three main spaces: Living room, Veranda with decorative fountain and Smoking room. Each room has a different theme to the decoration so I am not going to spoil the marvel by writing about it too much.

First Floor is where the Manel Vicens i Montaner family lived and contains two bedrooms and one bathroom plus a small sitting room and terrace.

Second Floor is the attic of the building and was the servants floor. Today it houses a model of the house and gardens, a display about the coloured tiles and temporary exhibition rooms.

Roof terrace Is not as large as on other Gaidi houses because a lot of the roof of Casa vincens is pitched however Guidi's stylistic coloured tiled chimneys are present.

Basement was the wine cellar and storage space of the house and today houses a book and gift shop.

Garden is a beautifully landscaped space with palm trees, shrubs and plants with a small cafeteria to enjoy the rear facade of the house.

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Visiting Casa Vincens Modernist House

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Tickets can be purchased online which I recommend in high season. However in winter it is less busy and I did not have to queue to buy a ticket. Opening times and ticket prices can be found on the website.

Casa Vincens opening hours

Summer: Every day from 10:00h to 20:00h, Last admission 18:40h.

Winter: Every day from 10:00h to 19:00h, Last admission 17:40h.

I would allow one to two hours to visit the house.

Getting To Casa Vincens Modernist House

Nearest TMB Metro is Fontana on the green (L3) line.

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