The next time you’re in Barcelona, add one more stop to the list of Antoni Gaudi buildings to visit. After years of repairs, Casa Vicens, the first house designed by the city’s defining architect, will open to the public for the first time on Nov. 16, with advance tickets already on sale.
While Gaudi is most famous for Sagrada Familia, his unfinished swirling cathedral, he designed many buildings in and around the Catalonian capital, from relatively standard works to the more asymmetrical, organic, even surreal buildings he became known for. Casa Vicens, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2005, fits into the latter category.
The four-story eye-popping building was designed as a summer home for a stockbroker as Gaudi’s first notable commission when he was in his early 30s. Built between 1883 and 1888, it boasts fanciful turrets, brightly colored tiles, and wedding-cake ceilings.
Over the years, various property owners had altered the space. After decades of being in the hands of the same family, Casa Vicens was sold to MoraBanc, which has spent millions on the building’s restoration and transformation into a museum complex.
In Casa Vicens, Gaudi experiments with concave and convex spaces, lights and shadows, and colors and textures typically found in Moorish architecture. Natural shapes and elements also influence his work, seen here in such touches as a cast iron grill entrance depicting a palmetto leaf and ceramic tiles adorned with marigolds. More nature-themed decorative arts, including wrought iron, painting, ceramic, woodworking, intricate molding, and murals, fill the interior.
The restoration created several spaces for visitor activities and exhibits, including a welcome area, bookshop and café. Also accessible are the property’s gardens and walkable rooftop.
CASA VICENS Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, Barcelona, www.casavicens.org. Open daily excluding major holidays. General admission is $19; for people 65 and older, students under 25, and children 7 to 18, admission is $16.50. Children under 7 are free.
Many commuter rail stations are within walking distance of summery dining spots. Here’s a taste.Continue reading »
A look at some of the street’s establishments that rise above the rest: for value, for charm, for sheer deliciousness.Continue reading »
Lucy Kalanithi, whose late husband wrote an acclaimed 2016 memoir of his final years, is now in a relationship with John Duberstein , whose late wife wrote an acclaimed 2017 memoir of her final years.Continue reading »
Just in time for the holidays: Blue Moon Box hopes to appeal to young, would-be scientists.Continue reading »
There’s a good bit of prep, but nothing complicated — and it’s fun.Continue reading »
Here is a handy, alphabetical guide for the spring and summer, whether you want to bike, bum around, or beach it.Continue reading »
Scrupulous about sourcing and training, local company MEM works with many of Boston’s best restaurants and is now ready to build its brand.Continue reading »
Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos — just 15 minutes apart — both offer a good time, but each has its strengths.Continue reading »
If it’s done correctly, experts say, letting your kids stay by themselves for a bit can give you and them some much-needed freedom and feelings of accomplishment.Continue reading »