Architecture in Spain: Casa Vicens by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona

Casa Vicens was Antoni Gaudí's first major commission in the city of Barcelona  (Cataluña) Combining Gothic and Mudéjar (or, Moorish) styles, Casa Vicens set the tone for Gaudí's later work. Many of Gaudi's trademarks are already present in Casa Vicens: bright colors, extensive tile work and elaborately decorated chimneys.

Casa Vicens also reflects Gaudí's love of nature. Plants that had to be destroyed to build Casa Vicens are incorporated into the building.

Casa Vicens was built as a private home for industrialist Manuel Vicens. The house was enlarged in 1925 by Joan Serra de Martínez. Casa Vicens was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

Currently, Casa Vicens is for sale with an asking price of 30 million euros.

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Via: architecture.about.com

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