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A new museum for Gaudì

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Good news for the numerous admirers of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudì (1852-1926), the greatest exponent of the Catalan modernism.

Casa Vicens, his first important work, will in fact become a museum. Located in Barcelona, in the Gràcia district, at the Carrer de les Carolines, the building, recognized in 2005 as part of the UNESCO World Heritage, in line with the architectural eclecticism of its author, it adds Gothic elements to a Mediterranean style with distinctive elements with an Islamic matrix. Gaudí was assigned that work in 1878, but he managed to complete it only in 1888 because of various interruptions due to the lack of financing. Organized on four levels, Casa Vicens includes an underground space for the cellar, two floors with housing and an attic meant to host the service personnel, and all surrounded by a garden of plants and sculptures.

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The investment company that bought it in 2014 has made sure that the renovation works were not very invasive to preserve the originality of the construction, which will house an exhibition path, distributed throughout the four floors of the building, completely dedicated to Gaudì. A team of restorers, coordinated by three Spanish architects José Antonio Martínez Lapeña, Elías Torres and David Garcí, has carried out a series of interventions to the construction restoring the original colors, by working on the majolica tiles, the paintings, the windows and the floors. The opening to public is foreseen at the end of next autumn.