Casa Mila, La Pedrera, or "The stone quarry" is the last private residence building of the ingenious architect Antoni Gaudi. Later, he devoted himself entirely to the construction of the Sagrada Familia. It is one of the most famous and impressive modernist buildings in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was built between 1906 and 1912.
Antoni Gaudi designed Casa Milà. He is Barcelona’s most famous modernistic architect. This world heritage site of UNESCO has an impressive architecture. Its groundbreaking details make it one of the most extraordinary buildings in Barcelona.
The building highlights Antoni Gaudi’s works. The apartment depicts the everyday life of the bourgeoisie in the time of modernsime. You will learn about Gaudi’s formal language at the museum. Soldier shaped ventilation chambers on the roof are impressive.
A couple of named Mila decided to build a unique house in the modern Eixample district. The husband-Pedro Milà hired innovative architect Gaudi to construct a house on 2000 square meters of the noble Passeig de Gràcia. Gaudi earned the reputation of rebuilding the home of a wealthy man Casa Batlló on the same street.
Gaudi designed the plans for the house and began construction in 1906. Construction was completed in four years.
Its unusual construction and irregular shapes of façade gave it the name "La Pedrera," which means "the quarry house” in English. Stonemasons began working on the large stone slabs after they were attached to the façade.
The front of the house is akin to a massive rock. Only iron ornaments and wavy lines break this gigantic rock. Gaudi's other works are distinct from the bright stone and colorless façade of the building, which is very expressionistic. The façade connects the roof and the ground floor of the house. Yard and entrance are part of each component.
The curved façade is an epitome of organic architecture. Gaudi focused on design with a playful and colorful façade using little paint to keep the material natural.
Barcelona regarded Casa Mila as an architectural work right after its completion. Casa Mila got into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 as the first building of the 20th century.
The architect had a groundbreaking construction of the interior with a natural ventilation system and lift. You can do without an air conditioner with this natural ventilation system in place. Much later, the lift was built as per Gaudi's plans.
The stairs wind around the walls while leading to the entrances of the apartments. Natural round shapes and colors adorn the courtyards.
Natural shapes devoid of a right angle is the exclusive design that Gaudi created. The apartment shows a modernistic style from the beginning of the 20th century.
Employees, tenants, and owners resided on the upper floors because the Belletage (beautiful floor) was reserved. Today, the Belle Etage houses the art museum of Fundació Catalunya - La Pedrera. Little effort is required to move the interior walls of the Casa Mila with concrete-style construction.
The large attic has several rooms. You can explore an exhibition about Gaudi’s life and his buildings. Engross yourself in Gaudi’s fascinating world to learn about the organic morphology through slideshows and subdued music.
The roof is the highlight of Casa Milà, and a spectacular view of the city pulls tourists' attention. Imaginative colors and shapes are typical to staircases, ventilation shafts, and the chimneys. Some chimneys create the illusion of medieval knights safeguarding the roof.
Espai Gaudi (the Gaudi Room) is an interesting museum in the attic. This museum is dedicated to Antoni Gaudi’s architecture.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.