Airbnb offers Gaudi fans the chance to spend the night in the first house designed by the architect
His designs can be seen all over Spain, but now the first home designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi will open for a special overnight stay via Airbnb this fall.
Casa Vicens, which is listed for just $ 1 (Dh4) on the accommodation booking site, is located in the Gracia district of Barcelona.
It was originally built as a summer house but nowadays it serves as a museum dedicated to the architect and his work in the area.
“Built as a lavish summer residence for a local family in 1885, Casa Vicens was designed by internationally renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. A tumultuous mix of colors and influences, this was Gaudi’s very first commission and it is widely regarded as one of the earliest buildings of the Art Nouveau movement. This hidden gem was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, ”the Airbnb list reads.
The booking comes with a guided tour by Casa Vicens Gaudi host Emili, a member of the team that recently turned Gaudi’s first house into a museum. He will share his ideas and knowledge of the recent restoration project during an extensive tour of the space.
The doors will also be closed to the public, meaning that guests will have unprecedented access to explore the historic building.
“We are delighted to give guests the opportunity to experience this house as Gaudi designed it – as an oasis of nature. We are deeply committed to the preservation of Gaudi’s cultural heritage and it will be a great pleasure to share the secrets of the building and its rich history with whoever delivers, ”said Emili.
As part of the stay, guests will also enjoy a Gaudi-inspired menu from a Michelin-starred restaurant in the dining room, as well as a nightcap in the luxurious smoking room.
To conclude the evening, guests will head to the Vicens family’s master bedroom and in the morning, enjoy a full Mediterranean breakfast in the town’s private garden.
Reservations open on Monday July 12 at 4 p.m. CEST (6 p.m. GST) for a one-night stay for two people. More information on airbnb.com/gaudi