Now you can finally stay in the very first house designed by Antoni Gaudí
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia, may not be as popular as its bustling counterparts in the UK and France, but the charming city doesn’t skimp on delicious offerings: piping hot pans. of paella, two and a half miles of white sand beaches and architectural gems that are works of art. In fact, one of the most famous structures in the world is Antoni Gaudí’s Gothic and Art Nouveau Sagrada Familia, a magnificent Roman Catholic minor basilica in the heart of Barcelona. The Spanish architect is responsible for several landmarks in the area – and now his first masterpiece, Casa Vicens, will be listed on Airbnb for one night this fall. It may seem like a very competitive competition, but it is more of a first come, first served situation for an extremely lucky couple.
Built between 1883 and 1885 for the family that gave the house its name, Casa Vicens, located on bustling Carrer de les Carolines, almost looks like a stunning Art Nouveau gingerbread house. For passers-by and travelers strolling along the Carrer de les Carolines, the colorful Casa Vicens is a museum in three distinct parts: the original structure by Gaudí from the end of the 19th century, the expansion by Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez circa 1925 and the lush gardens surrounding the house which inspired great interiors. However, as the name suggests, Casa Vicens was a private residence from its inception in the late 1800s until 2014.
For the past seven years, visitors have been able to stroll through the mansion that has become a museum. But for just one night, Casa Vicens will close its doors to the public so that a pair of guests can experience the sumptuously decorated Moorish and Neoclassical space just like the Vicens family did. (In other words, two people will live at Casa Vicens for 24 hours if they can get to the Airbnb booking page before everyone else.) A day’s vacation begins with a deep dive into the history of the house. Courtesy of the Airbnb host, followed by a decadent Gaudí-inspired and Michelin-worthy feast in the huge garden-level dining room at Casa Vicens. The sprawling space, which includes 34 restored paintings by artist Francesc Torrescassana, is surrounded by an enclosed porch, smoking room, and ornate fireplace. After dinner, guests will head to the smokehouse for a nightcap under the multi-colored plaster palm shaped muqarnas.
At this point, the couple can go upstairs to take in the remarkable view from the master bedroom terrace. If the architect’s affinity for flora was not evident on the garden level, it is abundantly revealed in the master bedroom, which is wrapped in reeds and stucco rushes on one side and ferns. the other. And between each thick liner of wooden beams, the ceilings are finely detailed pressed papier-mâché and green polychrome tiles that resemble meandering vines. If the beautifully appointed rooms, including the small living room with a trompe-l’oeil domed ceiling and white, blue, and ocher ceramic paneled walls, become overwhelming, the accessible rooftop provides an oasis of calm overlooking the city.
The next day the trip will end with an authentic Mediterranean breakfast served in the lush private garden. Did we mention that the cost of such a luxurious experience is a mere euro? The reservation opens on the Airbnb site at 4:00 a.m. Central European Summer Time (that is, 10:00 a.m. in New York) on July 12. The most beautiful residences in Europe.