Casa Vicens will open its doors soon Autumn 2017
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Casa Vicens, from private housing to UNESCO heritage

Casa Vicens was built as a summer home between 1883 and 1885 1 ; it was designed by the 31 -year-old Gaudí for Manel Vicens i Montaner (1836-1895), a broker-dealer. The forms of which Casa Vicens is composed are very different from those we are accustomed to seeing in other buildings designed by Gaudí. Casa … [Read more]

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The restoration of period paintings by Francesc Torrescassana in Casa Vicens

Francesc Torrescassana i Sallarés (Barcelona 1845-1918) attended la Escola de la Llotja in Barcelona where he studied under Ramón Martí Alsina. He subsequently forged a career as a painter of historical subjects, portraits, landscapes and genre scenes. The dining room of Casa Vicens features one of the most important collections of this artist’s work, which … [Read more]

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Who is Mercedes Mora? An interview

Mercedes Mora (41). A native of Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra now based in Barcelona. A passionate, extroverted art fanatic and amateur photographer always interested in learning new things and broadening her horizons. Mora, who holds undergraduate and masters’ degrees in Administration and Business Management from IESE, is currently the owner’s representative of Casa Vicens Gaudí SA, a … [Read more]

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Casa Vicens influences

If we take a leisurely stroll down the calle de les Carolines in Gràcia, we will suddenly find ourselves looking up at Casa Vicens and its multitude of ceramic tiles, colors, turrets, and arches. At first glance, it isn’t a building that our untrained eyes would be likely to associate directly with Antoní Gaudí. Its … [Read more]

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Interview with Joan Abellà

Last week El Periódico d’Andorra published a very interesting interview with Joan Abellà, Casa Vicens’ manager who explains how the experience of visiting our house will be.   Joan Abellà Barril (Pont d’Armentera, 1971), who served as general manager of the MACBA 2008–2016, has taken on the directorship of the very first house designed by Gaudí, Casa Vicens, … [Read more]

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Gaudí and Artificial Intelligence

“Creativity is always wanting to do discover new”, says Gaudí expert Daniel Giralt Miracle in an IBM produced video for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The video explains how IBM’s Artificial Intelligence system Watson has designed an inverted dome inspired by Gaudi’s style. IBM engineers fed Watson photos and drawings of buildings by Gaudí, … [Read more]

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Adaptating Casa Vicens to cultural use

The current appearance of Casa Vicens and its estate is the outcome of the different changes and transformations that it has undergone throughout its history, which have left three clearly distinct areas: the original construction from 1883-1885, the work of Antoni Gaudí; the enlargement made in 1925 by Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez; and the … [Read more]

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Recovering the original state of Casa Vicens

The rehabilitation and restoration of Casa Vicens were necessary in order to showcase and recover Antoni Gaudí’s original design to the extent possible. This restoration also comes with the necessary rehabilitation to adapt Casa Vicens to its new cultural use and public visits to ensure that it complies with the safety, accessibility and comfort measures … [Read more]

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A sustainable tourism project

Casa Vicens will open its doors in the midst of a profound reflection on tourism policies, both locally and internationally. Since 2017 has been named International Year of Sustainable Tourism by the United Nations, it is also a crucial year for Barcelona, which is in the middle of devising the city’s new tourism management plan … [Read more]

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