I definitely am a GAUDI FAN!!
I give you here 1 tip and intend to build a special Gaudi travelogue, perhaps 2!
Here you see CASA MILà, "LA PEDRERA", of which Gaudi was the architect.
Walk to this building and let yourself be surprised: you can buy an entrance ticket and go up to the roof (you see it in the picture)
where you can walk around freely and enjoy the panorama and especially the "creation" of Gaudi: the building itself....
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I always do, time and again!
BTW LA PEDRERA means: the quarry!
See my GAUDI travelogues STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION NOW !!!!!
bUT PLEASE, DO COME BACK YOU WILL ENJOY IT, I PROMISE!
Casa MIla / La pedrera / The Quarry is a very interesting building full of intriguing stories (about the original owners and the government restrictions about it's construction and design) designed by Antoni Gaudi.
Still it's a marvel to look at. Located at the famous Eixample district along the Passeig de Gracia.
Easily the most unique, most photographed, most famous image of La Pedrera is the terrace, with its hulking, oddly shaped structures. This roof looks like a concrete garden of sculptures, but despite its artistic and symbolic imagery, they were designed to fulfill a functional role. In this area can be found staircases, the ventilation towers and the chimneys. 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.
Some of these structures are intricately decorated by broken pieces of ceramic or trencadis, at least those which are easily visible from the street level. Those which are a less visible from below are only roughcast rendered and painted, although from that distance and angle it is a bit difficult to tell the material they are made of. The undulating floor was designed by Gaudi to be compatible with the general rhythm of the building's facade.
If possible, visit La Pedrera when it's not raining, as they close the roof area when it is, for safety reasons.
Strolling the famous Las Ramblas I almost bumped into Antoní Gaudis famous creation, the Casa Mila house. It was night time and dark, but the house seem to have a life of its own. This is one of the most beautiful houses I've ever seen! Strange like the floating objects in a painting of Dalí.
If you visit only one Gaudi building, Mila House, or La Pedrera is the place to choose. Built for the Mila family as a residence it earned the nickname 'La Predera' as a derogatory term. It means 'the quarry'. It was not well received in 1910 by the public and they chose to call it 'la pedrera' because its outer limestone walls and wrought iron balconies reminded them somewhat of the cliffs of a stone quarry.
Today it is considered the prime example of Gaudi's civil (as opposed to religious) works. Inside there are some really nice models of his planning and of the building with its revolutionary staircase and chimneys. The model of how he invented a means to plan the unusually shaped vaulted ceilings is fascinating - well before his time.
There is a choice of a complete audio guide or a shorter version, both are free. The complete version is excellent - about 1 hour if memory serves me. The free short videos, with some seating scattered about, are both educational and entertaining.
There are examples of the furniture he designed for the family home and a couple of rooms with period furnishings.
To my regret I was there on a rainy day and the roof was closed because it is slippery when wet. But I did manage to view some of the chimneys through the windows.
The building is handicapped friendly except for the roof.
It is a World Heritage site since 1984.
November to February: Monday to Sunday, 9am-6.30pm
March to October: Monday to Sunday, 9am-8pm
Senior and student discounts.
Closed: 25th and 26th December, 1st and 6th January and usually 1 more week in January
Nothing about Gaudi is ever plain or simple. Here is his most famous house Casa Mila. The facade has a wonderful wave like effect. Although not my favorite Gaudi house, it still is a beautiful masterwork.
La Pedrera—'The Quarry'—is the name given to it by the local people. Gaudi’s masterpiece was completed in 1910 and its Art Nouveau ‘wavy’ style stands out in its neighbourhood setting. This is definitely more form over function as residents always complained about how small and cramped most of the building is. It was named a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites in 1984. It is still a private apartment building, but guided tours are available. The Casa Mila is located in the L'Eixample District at Passeig de Gracia 92. Guided tours operate 7 days a week, but I suggest you get there early as you will wait a long time in a HUGE crowd to get tickets.
Most definitely worth going to see, as there is no other place (unless it's another GAUDI exhibit) to equal. There is much to see here, so don't fail to give it enough time; also there is a good shop to browse for that something-special souvenir.
Antoni Gaudi was born in 1852; his architecture can be found all over Barcelona. Gaudi was greatly influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like forms. Using colored tiles arranged in mosaic patterns, also added another dimension, that of color, to his buildings.
Also known as La Pedrera, this building was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built during the years 1906–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912.
It was built for the married couple, Rosario Segimon and Pere Milà. Rosario Segimon was the wealthy widow of José Guardiola, an Indiano, a term applied locally to the Catalans returning from the American colonies with tremendous wealth.
The design by Gaudí was not followed in some aspects. The local government objected to some aspects of the project, fined the owners for many infractions of regulations, ordered the demolition of aspects exceeding the height standard for the city, and refused to approve the installation of a huge sculpture atop the building —described as "the Virgin"—, to represent the primeval earth goddess, Gaia.
The building which people live in has been partly turned into a museum so tourists can walk round an apartment as it was in the early 1900`s. Inside is fascinating(cameras not allowed) Up on the roof was also something else.
La Pedrera is also known as Casa Milà, because it was originally designed and built for the Milà couple; the husband was a wealthy Catalan who had made his money in the Americas and returned to Catalunya. The house was designed by Gaudi, but his original design wasn't followed to the letter, especially when it came to the roof, where he had called for a large sculpture. The villains here are the city planning officials, who objected on the grounds of height regulations. Today, you can visit the building as part of an official tour (and therefore get to go and see the roof and the various interesting aspects of the building), or you can go to the free gallery inside La Pedrera. The gallery doesn't give you access to the most interesting parts of the building, but you do get to see the crazy interior. Also, there are some interesting exhibits brought to the gallery - I saw an exhibition of Malevich paintings (a Soviet painter of the 1920s) as well as various ukiyo-e, Japanese prints of which Hiroshige was a master.
It is more popularly known as "La Pedrera" which implies a quarry because of the shape of the building. It does not have any straight line. It is a wavy structured building. Gaudi started it for the Mila family. One can go inside the building or to the roof on payment of some charge. The building is on UNESCO list. My personal feeling about the building was not as great as that with casa Battlo which I though was amazing. Both these buildings are very close by on opposite sides of the same road.
Commonly referred to as la Pedrera (the quarry), Casa Milà is Gaudí's most famous residential work. It was completed in 1910, the last of Gaudí's works before dedicating his life to la Sagrada Família, as a residential building for the Milà family. In designing the building, Gaudí veered dramatically from architectural norms and was thus heavily criticised at the time. Ironically, his unorthodox Casa Milà is now one of Barcelona's most celebrated structures! Much like his other works, the building was inspired by many natural elements. The façade, for example, looks like waves of stone decorated with metalwork resembling seaweeds. Neither the exterior nor the interior contains a single straight wall. La Pedrera's pièce de resistance, though, is the magnificent roof with its chimneys resembling masked soldiers and alien creatures, as well as the breathtaking views of the city. The roof is accessed from the attic, which contains an exhibition devoted to the life of Gaudí and his designs.
For more pictures of this original masterpiece, click on the Travelogue "La Pedrera - Casa Milà."
La Pedrera is translated as ‘stone quarry’. This building designed by Gaudi is definitely worth a visit. If you walk down the Passeig de Gràcia, you cannot miss this striking building. It is a beautiful building which is declared an UNESCO heritage building.
There are several areas you can visit in the building. There is a reconstructed Modernista flat on the 4th floor.
The exhibition of Gaudi’s work is very interesting and insightful.
On the roof, you can have a closer look at the interesting ‘figures’ and ‘objects’ you can see from street level.
Entrance fee: 10€ (Sept 2008)
Casa Mila, or La Pedrera is a huge ondulating apartment block built between 1906 and 1912. Pedrera literally means "stone quarry".
It was Gaudì's last work before he dedicated all his time to the Sagrada Familia church.
Today it houses a bank, various apartments and I think some shops.