The very first listings of homes designed by Antoni Gaudí on Airbnb for $ 1

The architect’s legendary Casa Vicens will open its doors in Barcelona for an exclusive overnight stay.

This fall in Barcelona, ​​Spain, two lucky Airbnb guests will have the rare opportunity to spend the night at Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Vicens. Dating from 1885, the historic residence marks the famous Spanish architect’s first commission in the city. The UNESCO-listed monument, which is widely regarded as one of the earliest buildings of the Art Nouveau movement, was originally designed by Gaudí as a lavish retreat for a local family.

Architect Antoni Gaudí designed Casa Vicens when he was only 31 years old. Built with vibrant ceramic tiles and red bricks, the historic structure was Gaudí’s very first commission. Today it is commonly considered to be one of the greatest examples of Art Nouveau, also known as Catalan Modernism.

Although the building has been in private hands for most of the 136 years since Gaudí built it, the vibrant architectural monument was transformed into a house-museum in 2017. Now, for the first time, Casa Vicens will offer a one night stay for two. guests. The reservation, which is currently listed on Airbnb for around a dollar, will be able to be booked on a first come, first served basis.

La Casa Vicens was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. This fall, the Barcelona landmark will welcome two overnight guests for a unique overnight stay via Airbnb.

The happy guests will be greeted by the General Manager of Casa Vicens, Emili Masferrer i Fons, who is part of the team that transformed the historic property into a current museum. The host will share information about the restoration project during an exclusive tour of the property, after which guests will enjoy a Michelin star meal inspired by Gaudí in the grand dining room, followed by a nightcap in the chic “smokehouse”.

According to the Airbnb list, Casa Vicens “represents the blossoming of the distinctive form of modern Barcelona architecture”. The sprawling interiors reveal Moorish, neoclassical and organic motifs.

A glance at the dining room where you can enjoy a Michelin star meal. Much of the wooden furniture in this room was designed by the internationally renowned architect.

The evening will end with a stay in the Vicens family’s master bedroom, another space furnished in Gaudí’s distinctive style. A full Mediterranean breakfast will be served the next morning in the lush private garden. Throughout the exclusive stay, the doors of Casa Vicens will be closed to the public, offering both overnight guests unprecedented access to the 19th century property.

Located on the first floor, the master bedroom presents Gaudí’s interpretation of Art Nouveau.

“We are delighted to give customers the opportunity to experience this house as Gaudí designed it,” said the general manager of Casa Vicens. “We are deeply committed to the preservation of Gaudí’s cultural heritage.”

In the bustling ‘smoking room’ on the lower level of the house, plasterwork on the ceiling replicates palm trees, while the colorful walls are decorated with intricate papier-mâché tiles.

“A local production team worked under our supervision to transform the house into a beautiful sanctuary for guests in the middle of Barcelona,” continues the Airbnb host. “It will be a great pleasure to share the building’s secrets and rich history with anyone who books the list.”

Guests can enjoy a Mediterranean breakfast in the private garden that surrounds the lively structure.

Reservation for the coveted Airbnb listing opens July 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. CEST). The stay will cost € 1 — about a dollar — plus taxes and fees. According to Airbnb, “Interested guests should note that house rules are in strict accordance with local COVID-19 guidelines, and those requesting to book should live in the same household to minimize risk.”

The extensive restoration of Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Vicens began in 2015. It was directed by architects José Antonio Martínez Lapeña and Elías Torres from Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectes, and David García from Daw Office, who helped convert the 19th century house in public museum. .

“In the Casa Vicens, Gaudí recreated the figurative worlds that were fashionable at the time, but in a very personal way,” said the team of architects in a previous interview. “In its entirety, [the building] announces and displays the freedom of creation which will become the mark of all his future work. “

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