Casa Milà - La Pedrera, Barcelona

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Passeig de Gràcia 92, Carrer Provenca 261 93 484 5900

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    La Pedrera

    by MM212 Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    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."

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    The Stone Quarry

    by PierreZA Written Sep 13, 2008

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    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)

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    La Pedrera.

    by Maurizioago Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    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.

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    The Stone Quarry and Its Witch Scarers

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 29, 2008

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    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 €.
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    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.

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    Visit Casa Mila

    by eksvist Written Apr 11, 2008

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    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.

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    Inside out, crazy days on the roof of la Pedrera!

    by kanjon Updated Mar 11, 2008

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    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.

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    Gaudi

    by tim07 Updated Dec 25, 2007

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    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.

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    The nicest house in Barcelona

    by codrutz Written Dec 15, 2007

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    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.

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    Make La Pedrera your first Gaudi visit

    by suzwa Written Dec 14, 2007

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    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.

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    La petreda

    by Joacim Written Dec 13, 2007

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    Gaudi, what a genious! One of his teachers said when he graduated "wonder if we give the exam to a genious or a madman". Well I would lean towards the genious theory. His way of combining form and function is truly amazing!

    The house was build to accomodate severeal apartments, which one is open for the public, renovatd as it looked like in the 1920:s.

    To walk around in this house, taking the free audiotour and learn more about the Barcelona Gaudi was working in, Gaudis work, his techniques, his life, etc. it was fascinating. Anyone who wants to visit something about Gaudi during their visit in barcelona should go to La Petrada and take the long audiotour.

    Fascinating, informative and very, very interesting!

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    Casa Mila

    by fishandchips Updated Nov 22, 2007

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    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.

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    Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

    by Belsaita Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    Casa Mil�� (La Pedrera) - roof chimneys

    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).

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    Worth the wait

    by krissyM Written Jun 21, 2007

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    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.

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    Naturalism with Cliff House Look

    by atufft Updated May 30, 2007

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    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.

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    A must see in Barcelona

    by crymson Written May 3, 2007

    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.

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