Casa Vicens is a private home and the first building designed by architect Antoni Gaud\u00ED. Hordes of tourists flock to the house to photograph and admire its fa\u00E7ade. It\u2019s not possible to go inside. The house sits in a quiet narrow street in Gracia, north of Barcelona\u2019s city center. The floor space measured just 40 feet (12 meters) by 53 feet (16 meters) when it was first built in the late 1800s.\u00A0\n
The house broke with many traditional conventions of architecture at the time. It was over-the-top in decoration, but simple in structural design. Gaud\u00ED was fresh out of college when he designed the building, but many of his trademarks are evident. There are references to nature in the design and strong contrasts between color and texture. For this building, Gaud\u00ED combined oriental influences with those from Hispanic and Arabic cultures.\n
The fa\u00E7ade is largely made from brick, with green and white glazed tiles and flower motifs. The gate is decorated with palm tree motifs.\u00A0\n
Gaud\u00ED believed nothing was secondary in architecture and not a single detail has been spared. All elements down to the blinds and air vents have been lavishly decorated. Admire the intricate ironwork on the balcony and the vibrant colors in the tiling.\n
Visit the house during the day to take in the detail. The private owners don\u2019t mind tourists standing outside taking photographs. Just don\u2019t attempt to jump the fence. Photographs of the inside of the house are in many books about the architect. Buy a book from a gift shop at any one of Gaud\u00ED\u2019s other buildings around town, including Sagrada Familia or Casa Batll\u00F3.\u00A0\n
The house is a two-minute walk from the metro station Fontana, and not far from Parc G\u00FCell. Take a bus down Avinguda del Pr\u00EDncep d\u2019Ast\u00FAries.
Located in Gracia, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Vicens and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Park Guell are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Sant Gervasi, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Llibertat Market, Centre Artesa Tradicionarius, and Casa Vicens. Plom Gallery and Placa de la Vila de Gracia are also within 10 minutes.
This pension is located in Barcelona (Gracia), close to Casa Vicens, Park Guell, and Sagrada Familia. Also nearby are Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana.
Located in Eixample, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital Clinic, Casa Batllo, and Placa d'Espanya. Magic Fountain of Montjuic and Casa Mila are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Gracia, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Vicens and Casa Mila. Casa Batllo and Park Guell are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Sarria-Sant Gervasi, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casa Vicens, Casa Batllo, and Casa Mila. Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This apartment building is located in Barcelona (Sarria-Sant Gervasi), close to Casa Vicens, Casa Batllo, and Sagrada Familia. Also nearby are Palau de la Musica Catalana and Casa Mila.
Centrally located, three blocks from the trendy shops and restaurants on Avenida Diagonal in the Eixample, this hotel is one kilometre (one half-mile) from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art.