Barcelona’s Casa Vicens (1888), a unique oasis of calm with an Oriental and Moorish flavour, stands in the peaceful neighbourhood of Gràcia. The building is covered with spectacular green and white tiles and was Gaudí’s first major commission, which saw him following the vogue for Oriental and Eastern motifs while developing his own unique style.
The Casa Vicens is a private building and is closed to visitors. However, you can see the exterior of the building and admire the cast-iron railings with their plant motifs which are so characteristic of Gaudí’s work. Gaudí designed the railings by making clay models of the resplendent leaves of the fan palm.
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