An English estate was offering the home in 2007 for 35 million euros | The bank’s investor Hermitage of Barcelona which could be in Gràcia.
Barcelona wins a new Gaudí. Vicens house, across the street from Carolines (Gràcia), will become a house museum open to the public, which will join other iconic buildings like La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Palau Güell, authentic pilgrimage centers to which each year millions of tourists come.
The building, so far not visited since it is a private home that has been passed from father to son since 1899 when it was acquired by Antonio Jover, grandfather of the current owners, has been bought by MoraBanc with will give a new public use. As confirmed to this newspaper fountains of the great Andorran bank, the operation is virtually closed and already working on the selection of an operator with experience in the management of future house-museum. “We are interested in the Barcelona brand and retrieve a landmark building in the city. We’re thrilled to offer the opportunity to visit Barcelona this building will be a cultural and tourist offer of the first order”, summarized Ivan Comerma La Vanguardia, Amura Capital, the investment company MoraBanc, through which the operation is being performed, the amount of which has not transpired so far.
The house is owned Vicens family Herreros Jover and was for sale at least since 2007, when a British realtor put ads in newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph and The Independent in which the property was being offered to groups of investors for 35 million euros. Yesterday you could still find on the internet website that Atadicion property, located in Castell d’Aro, a monograph devoted to the sale of Casa Vicens, “a masterpiece of world renown, a unique opportunity to own a property designed by the great Antoni Gaudí “. you can read in English, Russian, Arabic, Japanese and Chinese. Not a word in Castilian or Catalan.
Vicens, a modernist gem declared a Historic-Artistic Monument of National Interest and a World Heritage Site by Unesco, house still has no opening date. MoraBanc is also the largest investor group that showed interest in joining the project of a franchise Hermitage Museum in Barcelona, which suggests that the house Vicens could be chosen by the emblematic Russian Museum to the announced submission of its funds prior to the opening of its headquarters in the port of Barcelona. From the Andorran bank argue that while it is true that at the moment the possibility of scheduling exhibition is not contemplated, not rule that may be made in the future. That answer, for now, will have to wait.
The Casa Vicens was the first major commission of a young Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926 ) . He arrived in 1883 , just five years after the conclusion of his studies at the Provincial School of Architecture of Barcelona (where certainly not stood out in his notes ) . It was projecting a summer villa on the outskirts of the city, in the streets of Gràcia Carolines for a singular client, the tile manufacturer Manuel Vicens i Montaner. That same year, 1883 , he was commissioned to house El Capricho in Comillas and start working in the atoning Sagrada Família, a project that will last for more than forty years. The Carolines Street also took his time. This culminated in 1888 and included a house and garden . In the latter , surrounding the building , was a waterfall and pond , but you lost the sale of a large part of the land. The house is covered with brick and glazed ceramics in which medieval and Arab influences appear . Abound lines and right angles, so scarce in the later work of the architect, but it is a very imaginative and with great concern for building ornamental elements . In 1899 Manuel Vicens widow sold the house to the family Jover , who has hitherto preserved in exquisite pampering .
Gaudí’s name is a magnet for tourism, which flock to Barcelona fascinated by a work around which bloom every day more and more businesses, more and more lucrative. Barcelona is now known worldwide as the city of Gaudi and modernism. Indesmayables, sights such as the Sagrada Família (3,233,526 visitors in 2012), La Pedrera (861,583), Casa Batlló (780,466), the Palau Güell (254,609) or Park Güell (more than eight million a year), icons that are entered in the XXI century exercise their power of attraction for hundreds of thousands of tourists to the point that the legacy Gaudi, reviled for so long, they become a powerful economic engine for the city. Last November eleven architect building owners signed the Declaration of Mataró to protect and promote their work.