La Pedrera, which is also known as Casa Milà became a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1984, is located a bit more up the Passeig de Gracia. This is the building Antoni Gaudi worked on, before he completely dedicated himself to the Sagrada Familia. The house is also known as “La Pedrera” which means “The Quarry”.
In the beginning of the 19th century the couple Mila decided to build a house on their 2,000 square meters large plot of land and after seeing the completed Casa Batllo they committed Gaudi on the spot and Gaudi began the construction of Casa Mila in 1906 and completed the house in 1910.
Gaudi never told what this building actually should represent. The wavy façade could be some steep cliff walls, but also the sand of an undulating beach or just the waves of the sea and on the iron balconies you can see the sea weed. However, we can just guessing.
The house is constructed entirely in natural stones, and surprisingly there are no colors or ornamentation design as for example on Casa Batllo. Also in the interior are no straight lines or sharp edges to be found: Gaudi designed it exclusively with natural forms, so that there is not one single right angle. Besides the courtyards, you can also visit an apartment in the style of the 20th Century modernism and an exhibition about Gaudis life.
One of the most interesting places of Casa Mila is the rooftop, with its large ensemble of surrealistic chimneys all looking different and like soldiers standing there alone or in small groups, watching over the rooftop.
The building is now owned by the CatalunyaCaixa Foundation, which manages the exhibitions and activities and also the visits to the interior and roof. In summer there are also Jazz concerts on the roof top terrace.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia 92, Barcelona
Metro: L3 (green line) and L5 (blue line) to “Diagonal”
Opening Hours: November to February 09:00-18:30, March to October 09:00-20:00, closed on 25 Dec. and 1 Jan.
Admission: 15 €, reduced 11 €
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