This is a corner apartment block which was Gaudi's last work before he concentrated on the Sagrada Familia. It is usually called "La Pedrera" which means "the stone quarry". It was constructed between 1906 and 1910, and like all ground breaking ideas, the construction was attacked and ridiculed and the facade was compared to an angry sea.
It is eight stories high around two circular courtyards and the guidebooks say that there are no straight walls anywhere in the building. The iron balconies designed by Josep Maria Jujol resemble seawood on the beach like white stone walls. The roof with the multitude of ducts and chimneys which can be seen as either veiled Saharan women or helmeted warriors have been dubbed the 'espantabruixes" or the witch scarers. The Mila family (for whom it is named) had an apartment on the first floor.
The building was originally meant to be dedicated to the Mother of God and crowned with a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, but after the riots of 1909, the religious theme was played down.
There is now a Gaudi Museum on the top floor, and it has displays of Gaudí's works from all over Spain, as well as explanations of theories and techniques, but we did not have a chance to do that. The Pis de la Pedrera apartment is an interesting look into the life of a family that lived in La Pedrera in the early 20th century. Everything from the bathroom to the kitchen is filled with reminders of how comprehensively life has changed in the last 75 years. People still live in the other apartments.
Prices (the audioguide is included):
* Normal ticket: 8 €.
* Discount ticket (students, senior citizens from the European Union and unemployed) 4.50 €.
Articket: combined visit to 7 art centres in Barcelona for 20 €. Ticket valid for six months from the date of its first use.
Tickets can be purchased at the building's ticket office, in cash or with credit card.
Advance sales: Tel-Entrada Caixa Catalunya. 902 10 12 12
Open Daily 10-8; guided tours weekdays at 6. Espai Gaudi roof terrace open for drinks evenings June-Sept.
Barcelona is full of Gaudi creations.
Casa Mila, better known as La Pedrera , designed by the Antoni Gaudí too and built in the years 1906–1910 (officially completed 1912).
It is usual tourist trap, but when you in Barcelona, you should see it.
I guess there are enough tips on this subject. I would just want to add one more. It would be a shame if you skipped this one for any other Gaudí-place. There IS some heavy Gaudí over-kill going on in Barcelona, there ARE other things to experience as well. BUT, again: has the world seen any architect alike? NO! :-) Of course the best thing is to get to see them all, but, if you are on a tight schedule, skip any other Gaudí-building visits but this! It is a gem!
And don´t be lazy and skip the roof. It is so great, with an array of chimney stacks like big dinosaurs twirling together with you in the wind. And the city-scape around. You must admire a town that lets such strange buildings form the city-centre. Barcelona also keep our Marsian visitors happy, they seldom get to see roofs like this.
Also, if you have the time, go to see some contemporary architecture as Frank Gehry´s Fish or Herzog & de Meuron´s Fórum Barcelona.
Completed in 1910, this apartment block is a stunning example of Gaudi's work. The view from the street of curved walls & intricate wrought-iron balconies is just the start of this fantastic piece of architecture. Once inside you can see up close Gaudi's detail in the rooms right down to the door knobs & light fittings.
The roof is a truly magical place, a surreal sculpture park. Have your photo taken among the huge twisted ventilator ducts & the chimneys that resemble warriors. The are great views over the Eixample area too.
Casa Milà, named also La Pedrera, is a house designed by Antoni Gaudi for the weathly family de Milà, hence the name. Built very quickly (1905-1907), La Pedrera is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it is a model of modern urban engineering and design.
I was very impressed by the functionality of the building, with the rooms carefully planned for living or working, light, heat, water, facilities, inner courtyard for light, and the chimneys that are functionals and yet a masterpiece in design, being the trademark for La Pedrera.
I recommend the visit in La Pedrera and inspect with attention the attic, the chimneys and especially the rooms and working annexes.
My favourite building in the world is La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila). I have been there countless times and always go there whenever I visit the city.
It's a good 1st stop for Gaudi virgins, as in the attic space (the 'Espai Gaudi') are plans of many of his other works, explanations of his building styles and inspirations etc. The displays are great and you also get a free audio-guide which helps bring it to life... it will help you get a better understanding of the other Gaudi highlights, and the modernist style. The attic space itself shows the use of catenary arches, which is one of the main features of Gaudi's work.
There are great photo opportunities on the roof, if you can keep other tourists out of shot! Avoid the crowds by going first thing or at the very end of the day (though last time I went it was busy right up to closing) but really you just need to be patient.
One floor is furnished in the style of the period when the building was erected, as if a family in the residential apartment. Another houses a temporary display (see website below for details of what's on).
Tip 1: There's a giftshop on the same floor as the family apartment (which you must have a ticket to access), but you don't have to pay to get into the ground floor giftshop, which actually has nicer things in it! I'd always recommend going into the building, but if you are just paying a flying visit to the city this giftshop is a nice place to get something authentic and a bit different. Prices go from around €1 right up to hundreds, as you can buy anything from erasers, to cruet sets, to repro furniture!
Tip 2: Set aside enough time to get round it all - average is at least 2 hours, but I've spent whole afternoons there!
Tip 3: In July you can go to in the evening, to have a cava on the roof to the sound of a small band - I missed it by 1 day a couple of years back, as my flight from Sevilla was delayed... don't make the same mistake, I hear it's fab!
Tip 4: Don't forget your student card, if you have one - you get reduced entry.
Gaudi has certainly left his mark in Barcelona and his two sets of apartments stand out. At Casa Mila there are no straight lines in the construction and there is a vast array of interesting chimneys in the roof. The place is also known as Le Pedrera or 'the Quarry' in English due to its stoney & fortress-like appearance.
The entire building was restored in 1996. As part of this work a didactic museum (the Espai Gaudí) was installed in the attic and one of the apartments was refurbished to look as it would have in the early 20th century.
UNESCO classified Casa Milà as a World Heritage site in 1984.
If you have to choose only one building from Gaudi to visit, my vote would go to Casa Milà (La Pedrera). It's cheaper than Casa Batllo (beautiful, but overpriced IMHO) and I found it more interesting. But... this is my feeling. Some says than Casa Batllo is better... I guess is just a matter of personal taste.
Ticket to La Pedrera includes an interesting small museum about Gaudi works, the visit to a furnished apartment (fascinating to see how advanced to his time Gaudi was, do not forget to ask for your free audioguide) and the amazing roof (I've no word to describe it) and its views.
After your visit, do not forget to visit the first floor (different entry) where there are temporary art exhibitions (this one is free, so you can't do this at any time when in Barcelona).
You can buy a combined entrance ticket to both Casa Mila and Casa Batlo at a slightly cheaper rate. This is recomended since chances are you will probably be visiting both. This house was amazing. It was inspired by the mountains surrounding Montserrat and the apartments themselves resemble cave dwellings. when you go up onto roof you can see the Sagrada Familia in the distance. Wait a bit and photograph the Sagrada Famila framed by one of the arches on the roof.
The neutral colors and wavy window lines resembled something very strange at the time, so La Pedrera—'the quarry'--was the nickname given by locals to Casa Mila. This multifamily dwelling built between 1905 and 1910 was Gaudi's last secular building before he devoted his fulltime energies to design of La Sagrada Familia. Like his other houses, this building is a concrete and rebar structure that will last the ages. The metal work on the balconies is, of course, exceptional Gaudi, and note the glass oval floor to each balcony to allow filtration of light. Inside the center is a light well for the apartments, and a grand exterior stairway, which visitors can see. On the roof are exotic chimney shapes. The steel beam outriggers on the roof appear to be an addition to the Gaudi structure to facilitate the lifting of furniture through the balconies.
A person can not go to Barcelona and not see the famous work of Gaudi. Even if you are not schooled in art or archetecture you wil appreciate the work he accomplished. Barcelona has tons of works by him. The Pedera is something to see. It looks like bones on the outside and when you gone inside it also has a musuem like setting that tells you about Gaudi and how he accomplished a lot of his works. He used nature as his inspiration. It is quite breath taking to learn about esp. if you are not familiar with him. I recommend it 100%. Do be aware though the cost to enter is around 7 euro per person.
Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry), is an apartment building with a distinctively curvy, organic-looking façade. It was Gaudi's last work of civil architecture, and was completed in 1910.
It is well worth going in to see one of the apartments furnished in the contemporary style and to go up to the roof terrace to have a close up view of the weirdly shaped chimney pots.
Also known as the Casa Mila, La Pedrera was built by the famous architect, Gaudi, between 1906 and 1910. One can visit the rooftop terrace, a Gaudi apartment and a small museum which contains models of his famous buildings. The wrought iron balconies are reminiscent of a wave's motion. This is a very striking building and well worth the price of admission.
Even if you are trying to get "Off the Beaten Path," in Barcelona as I was, please go to La Pedrera, and PLEASE go inside and up on the roof. It is absolutely stunning on a clear, blue day, and really surreal any time of the year. It is just as beautiful inside as it is on the exterior, and there is nothing like standing among those alien-like chimneys on the top. I struggle to find a more photo-friendly location in the city, and every picture you take seriously comes out looking professional. Check out the bookstore too! It's got a lot more than Gaudi souvenirs and a really nice selection of art and architecture books, and you don't need to pay to get in (to that part at least!).
Casa Mila, more commonly known as La Pedrera, is a Gaudi designed apartment and office block - it is the largest civil building he designed. It was constructed between 1906 and 1910, commissioned by Pedro Mila i Camps, a rich businessman, who was impressed by what Gaudi had achieved with Casa Batllo.
It looks like the whole thing has been constructed in stone, but in fact has just been coated in a layer of stone. The outside of the building has a series of undulating balconies that look a bit like waves. There are unusual wrought-iron designs on the balconies which were created by Josep Maria Jujol.
Inside you can visit the top two floors, plus the roof top. The inside of the apartments is filled with Gaudi's signature curves and arches - there is not a straight line in sight!
The highlight of a visit to La Pedrera is the roof top. Here you will see large chimney pots which look like some sort of medieval warriors, along with other unusual shaped structures covered in mosaic tiles. There are some great views from up here to.
Nov to Feb - Daily from 9am-6.30 pm (last entrance at 6 pm)
Mar to Oct - Daily from 9am-8pm (last entrance at 7.30 pm)
Admission cost is around 8 euro