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
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
It's the most famous Gaudí's block of flats, better known as "La Pedrera" (The quarry) because of the particular building shape, which does not have any straight line. If you watch at the building from the distance you can perfectly see its stone waves, trying to be like a sand-dune. The building was commanded by the Milà's, a noble family. The original Gaudí's design had a Virgin image on the roof but finally it was canceled because of the bad social situation and Gaudí left the works. The balconies fences are made on iron following the stone shapes. The most beautiful part is the roof, with chimneys looking as pieces of sculpture as you can see in my next tip better. You can visit the ground floor for free and the roof and an aparment with charge. Currently there are offices, private housing and a bank cultural foundation. The building is protected by UNESCO.
Es el edificio de viviendas más famoso de Gaudí y de toda Barcelona, mejor conocido como "La Pedrera" (la cantera) debido a la peculiar forma que tiene, con ninguna linea recta. Si miras el edificio desde una distancia puedes ver perfectamente sus olas de piedra, intentando ser como dunas. El edificio fue encargado por los Milà, una familia noble. El diseño original de Gaudí tenía una imagen de la Virgen en el techo pero finalmente se canceló por la mala situación social de la época y Gaudí abandonó el trabajo. Las barandas de los balcones están hechas de hierro siguiendo las formas de la piedra. La parte más bonita es el techo, con chimeneas que parecen esculturas como puedes ver mejor en mi siguiente "tip". Puedes visitar la primera planta de manera gratuita, así como el techo y un apartamento pagando. Actualmente hay oficinas, viviendas privadas y la fundación cultural de una caja de ahorros. El edificio está protegido por la UNESCO
Opening hours / Horario de apertura:
Mondays to Sundays / Lunes a domingos: 10:00 - 20:00
For more detailed information on this building read http://www.gaudiallgaudi.com/AA009.htm, but I wanted to add that it is very beautiful and that the highlight is definetly the roof.
We spent more than an hour there as the view was very nice and the "sentinel" chimneys are very photogenic (see the travelogue for more pictures).
The best part, however, was that we went at the end of the day. The colours are just amazing! I would really recommend planning the visit to coincide with sunset (of course, an hour or so before to take pictures and then to enjoy it)
The entrance fee is 7 EUR and I liked this building more than Casa Batllo, the other famous Gaudi on Paseig de Gracia
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).
Commissioned by the industrialist Pere Milà and his wife, Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (the Quarry; a name it gets from its rippling gray stone facade) was built by Gaudí between 1906 and 1910. What is amazing is the almost wavelike pattern of the stone facade highlighted by the wrought iron balconies, each of which is different from the others. For many years, this remarkable building was left to fall apart, but UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1984 and the Caixa de Catalunya (a big bank in this region of Spain) stepped in and bought the building in 1986. After 10 years of restoration, it was finally opened to the public in 1996 as a Cultural Center and it has quickly developed into one of the most important cultural places in Barcelona.
Take time to visit this exceptional building, which has the Espai Gaudí, an enlightening exhibition of the architect's work, in the attic, a spectacular roof where the chimneys have been dubbed the "witch scarers", and El Pis, one of the flats now open to the public and decorated as it would have been when the building was first occupied. Major temporary exhibitions are held regularly on the first floor (principal) and are open to the public free of charge.
Another one of Gaudi's famous works, this is a great place to visit. La Pedrera was designed for Pere Mila and his wife. At the same time, Gaudi built two blocks of apartments like this one. This building is unique as the structure rests on pillars instead of using weight-bearing walls...an innovative and unique aspect of its time.
Entrance into this building includes viewing one of the apartments, viewing the attic which houses Gaudi historical facts and also the rooftop, which is definitely a sight to see. The view from the top itself is worth the trip.
Casa Mila, or La Pedrera (the quarry) is Spain’s most controversial apartment block with seven stories built entirely on arches and columns without a single straight line or right-angled corner. It was built between 1906 and 1910 and was Gaudi’s last building before he dedicated all of his time to the Sagrada Familia. In 1984, Casa Mila was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The building has wavy walls made of rough chipped stone and doors and windows look like they are dug out of sand. The roof has all sorts of weird shaped chimneys, looking like knights – please look at my travelogues for many photos of the roof. What an amazing place!
After viewing the last three buildings it was back on the Bus to the next stop, which was La Pedrera.
Built between the years of 1906 - 1910, this building of Gaudi's, [now UNESCO World Heritage site,] is a residential building and said to be one of the most imaginative houses of the history of the architecture.
As usual, it is another impressive piece of Gaudi's works. It wasn't my favorite but I still enjoyed viewing his work. Even in the early hours of the morning, there was quite a long queue waiting to go inside and see an exhibition about Gaudi's work.
Admission in 2011 - 11 euros
Opening hours vary
November to February (inclusive)
Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6.30 pm (last entrance at 6 pm)
March to October (inclusive)
Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm (last entrance at 7.30 pm)
The main theme the building is known mostly for is the creation by Antonio Gaudi of the odd and unique shaped sculptures/structures on the rooftop. They serve to hide the real functional use of the pediments sticking out of the roof; they cover up the necessary ventilation exhausts, and chimneys of the apartments. The balconies are also very unique in the design and welded abstract look of them hanging from the sides of the building. Gaudi intended the structure to be a dedication of Virgin Mary (later abandoned), and he worked on construction 1905-10. The developer was Pere Mila-hence the name Mila Pedrera, which has a meaning of "the quarrie"
Owners of apartments live in the building and they are required to offer viewing of the sites by a Foundation to allow such looking. Most residence people living there close their balconies, and seldom sit outside becaue of the gawkers going by.
Tourists are escorted to the escalators and see little of the interior except for an atrium in the middle. They go the the rooftop, which has a limit at one time. Ques to get inside can be over 1 hour, and maybe closer to 2 hours. Fee to enter is an exorbitant 11 Euro. Opening times are generally 9:30-6:30, and until 8PM in summer months
The roof is the most fascinating part, in my opinion. That's why we decided to pay the ticket and enter into the building. The chimneys have strange shapes and its covers look like medieval soldier helmets. You reach the roof from stairs covered by small structures like big ice creams! The view from the terrace roof is beautiful as well.
En mi opinión el techo es la parte más fascinante. Por eso decidimos pagar la entrada para entrar al edificio. Las chimeneas tienen extrañas formas y sus cubiertas parecen cascos de soldados medievales. Se llega al techo desde unas escaleras cubiertas por unas pequeñas estructuras con forma de gigantescos helados. La vista desde la terraza es muy bonita también.
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)
Another Gaudi masterpiece Casa Mila or La Pedrera = meaning Quarry, built in the early twentieth century. A most amazing building, constructed for a very wealthy family, it is now private flats. The sides of this apartment building look like frozen waves. La Ramblas pedestrian walkway area, constructed much later has a similar effect but it is flat just creating an optical illusion.
There is a flat opened to the public where there are original furnitures from the begining of the 20th Century. It shows the way of live of a wealthy family in this building with the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, study and servant's room. Some of the furnitures were designed by Gaudí as well.
Hay un piso abierto al público con muebles originales de principios del siglo XX. Muestra la manera de vivir de una familia acomodada en este edificio con el salón, los dormitorios, los cuartos de baño, el despacho y el cuarto de la sirvienta. Algunos de los muebles son diseñados por Gaudí.
This Apartment building was comissioned by a wealthy man named Pere Mila. He wanted a place to live which would impress others and Gaudi wanted to express his unique designs and thus La Pedrera was built. It really is worth going inside of this building mainly for the amazing rooftop adorned with Gaudi's famous chimneys that look like soldiers. These same designs were also seen on the more modern side of the Sagrada Familia. Inside you can tour what the an apartment looks like, and learn more about Gaudi in the surprisingly interesting laundry room attic.