The Modern “La Pedrera”, Gaudi’s Casa Mila in Barcelona

“La Pedrera” or “the Quarry” is one of the most modern masterpiece in Barcelona, belonging to Antoni Gaudi, which was recognized by UNESCO as “World Heritage” in 1984. It is also called “Casa Mila” because it was designed for Milà family, and it was built between 1906 and 1910. It is considered a famous imaginative houses in the history of architecture. The architect worked with Josep Maria Jujol and the brothers Badia as iron forgers, the founder Manyach, the builder Josep Bayo and the plaster Joan Beltran. It was designed to be a modern block of apartments in Barcelona, so “Piso de la Pedrera” serves as a fascinating window into Barcelona bourgeois life at the time of the structure’s creation.

Gaudi's La Pedrera, Casa Mila in Barcelona Map

Bathroom in an Apartment in Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain
Bathroom in an Apartment in Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain

The top of the building should under any circumstances be missed. You can take the elevator and go directly to the top. It might be strange first because it displays many sculptured human faces. During the summer months, this terrace opens to the public from 9pm-midnight with live music and cava (Spanish champagne) for about €10. The sculptures, made of concrete,were designed to fulfill a functional role. The figures represented on the roof describe anguard shapes remember warriors in a forest of surprising figures. In this area can be found staircases, the ventilation towers and the chimneys.
Bedroom in La Pedrera, Barcelona
Bedroom in La Pedrera, Barcelona

In all this, it is easy to observe Gaudi’s style which was inspired by nature and elements from the natural environment, its angles and curves as found in plants, for example. La Pedrera also contains an auditorium and reading rooms that hold a steady stream of activities like concerts, educational workshops and film series, in accordance with Caixa de Catalunya‘s mission to ‘foster and develop Barcelona culture.’ It is advisabel to visit the top of La Pedrera when it is not raining, as they close it for safety reasons.

The façade is unique through its mass of undulating stones, having no straight lines where also the forged iron is present in the shapes of balconies imitating vegetal forms. The lofts are supported by the traditional Catalan “totxo” (brick) arching walls following the style developed by Gaudí in Santa Teresa school and Bellesguard also in Barcelona. The attic floor of La Pedrera is dedicated to promoting Gaudí heritage. It’s an interactive space that recounts the artist’s life, philosophy and architectural methodology.
Front View of Gaudi's House, Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain
Front View of Gaudi

Interior View of Gaudi's La Pedrera, Barcelona
Interior View of Gaudi

La Pedrera, Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudi
La Pedrera, Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudi

The most parts of the structures of Casa Mila (Mila House) by Gaudi is made of broken pieces of ceramic or trencadis, especially those than can be seen from the street. If you want to buy souvenirs related to this masterwork, then you have to go to the souvenir, which is in the same building.
Location: Passeig de Gracia, 92 Barcelona
Private areas (visits not allowed) normally adapted to present comfort needs.
How to arrive there: Buses: 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, 28
Metro: L3, L5 (Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal)
The prices of the tickets can vary, so please check this issue in advance.
Students benefit from a discount.
During summer, it closes at 8 P.M., and the last entry allowance is at 7.30 P.M. You are advised by the guide to take an hour to visit the house attentively.
La Pedrera, Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain
La Pedrera, Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain

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