Casa Milà

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Overview

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.

 

History of Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

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.

 

The Quarry House

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 Interior of Casa Milà

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.

 

Modernism in Barcelona

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

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

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 08:00 pm

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.

 

How to Reach

  • Subway : Lines 5 and 3, estació Diagonal
  • Train : Passeig de Gràcia station or FGC- Provença La Pedrera
  • Bus : V17, 24, 17, 22, 16, and 7

 

Ticket Pricing

  • La Pedrera Essential : Online €24(2080.46 INR) Ticket Office €27(2340.52 INR) You will get to visit at your own pace with a free audio guide and a glass of cava(Spanish drink). You will get no queues to enter.
  • La Pedrera Night Experience : General Price €34(2947.32 INR) It is a guided tour in a small group with a show on the rooftop and glass of cava(Spanish drink). It does not include the apartment area. You will have to undergo audio-visual screenings. ...
  • La Pedrera Premium : Online €31(2687.27 INR) Ticket Office €34(2947.32 INR) You will get to visit at your own pace with a free audio guide and glass of cava. You will get no ques to enter. You will have a complete visual guide. ...
  • La Pedrera Essential & Night Experience : Online €43(3727.50 INR) Ticket Office €47(4074.24 INR) It is a guided tour with a free audio guide and glass of cava(Spanish drink). You will have to undergo audio-visual screenings. You will get a night-time show. ...
  • Early Bird Tour ("The Awakening of Casa Mila") : The early morning tour starts at 8:00 am before the regular operational hours of La Pedrera. It is the most suitable time to experience Casa Milà in a quiet atmosphere. ...

Address

Casa Milà, Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain

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Alexander Vlasov
Alexander Vlasov
08/30/2020 22:11
Really impressive building. The terrace is nice, the apartments are pretty interesting, but the attic where the "ribs" of the building are visible is absolutely amazing.
H Hansford
H Hansford
08/04/2020 20:44
Stunning piece of architecture, still yet to complete the tour (unsure if I will or not). This building used to help me figure out where I was when I first moved to Barcelona, now it is the view from my terrace. There has been a protest over the past few days, it hasn’t seemed to stop anyone from going though.
JONATHAN A
JONATHAN A
08/15/2020 23:21
The last of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi's apartment buildings, built 1906-1912. Called "Le Pedrera," the stone quarry. A totally original masterpiece that is beautifully maintained. Don't miss the interior museum and a visit to the roof. Great treasure of 20th century architecture.
Arnošt Matějka
Arnošt Matějka
08/21/2020 17:40
Interesting place from outside, maybe it is nice inside also... By principle we just decided to not go. Reasons are simple. Place where you have to pay outrageous money to entry because you are tourist - if you are Catalan you pay normal entry of 12€ per person. If not twice as much. It is first time in EU I seen this double standards. In price you have fast line (now with Covid maybe 5 people in whole building),you have glass of Cava (but only at evening and if they consider that weather is ok). Thank you but no. Instead getting more guests in Covid time you asking to run empty. Maybe next time there will be different entry fee for black, Asian or male and female get different pricing....
Hossain
Hossain
03/11/2020 07:14
Must see in Barcelona and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chimneys on the roof are like warriors of the Middle Ages. The view of the city is exceptional.If you love architecture, it's priceless for you! The design of the terrace, close to the attic and the apartment is impressive. Nature had many thoughts and influences that burned through construction.

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FAQs

You will require one and a half hours for the interior and roof. Plan your Casa Batllo tour around the same time because these two attractions are nearby. It is a magnificent residential building to see inside.
As a social and cultural center, it holds conferences, exhibitions, and other activities. For tourism, the building is open to tourists all day.
You can behold the stunning exterior without an entrance fee. You will see its famous chimneys on top. You need to buy an entry ticket to go and see the interiors of the building....
The writer Ana Viladomiu is the only person residing in the building. So, it is not normal to live here. ...
Casa Batllo has little or no furnishings, whereas Casa Milà has a rooftop and a furnished apartment. You can enjoy guided tours and night projection show at Casa Milà. On the other hand, Casa Batlló offers theatrical visits and early entrance options. You can also enjoy live music with a cava glass at the terraces in both houses during summer. ...
Rosario Segimón, a widow, owned Casa Mila. She offered the building for sale to a real estate company, the Immobiliària. She kept on living on the main floor until she died in 1964 at the age of 93.
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