Casa Milà is one of Antoni Gaudi's architectural wonders of which it is located along the intersection of Passig De Gracia and Carrer De Provenca. It is also known as La Pedrera of which it was built between 1906 to 1912 by Gaudi for businessman Pere Milà i Camps and it was the last known civil work of Gaudi before he was struck by a passing tram and lost consciousness in 1926 and was left unattended as he was thought of just a beggar because of his shabby clothes. Like the Sagrada Familia, This Casa is a Unesco World Heritage Site as well. The Casa Mila consist of two buildings, which are structured around two courtyards that provide light to the nine levels: basement, ground floor, mezzanine, main (or noble) floor, four upper floors, and an attic. the shape of the exterior continues to the interior of the house and The apartments feature ceilings with plaster reliefs of great dynamism, handcrafted wooden doors, windows, and furniture, and the design of the hydraulic pavement and different ornamental elements. The exterior is a self-supporting stone façade as well. At present, the Casa Mila is a museum where you can visit pay for admission tickets.
phone: +34 90 220 2138
9:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday
Adults: 20.50 euros per person
children 7 to 12: 10.25 Euros per person
children less than 6: free
seniors 65 and above: 16.50 euros per person
La Pedrera (Casa Mila), is one of Gaudi’s iconic commissions. It can be reached via a slow stroll through the streets of Eixample, each lined with grand modernist buildings, eventually reaching the grandest street of all, Paseo de Gracia. Here the buildings are grander still, but their rectilinear lines fail to match the audacity of Gaudi’s undulating, wrought iron balconied creation. One can pause to rest and observe on the moulded broken tile (trencadis) benches which support the street’s distinctive light posts. A ‘listen to me’ is holding forth on the corner. She is showing photographs of the building interior, to a group of young Chinese tourists (who persumably will not get to see the building). Do not make this mistake! Another group walks by, listening to the words of their leader via Bluetooth earsets.
One can see people walking on the roof, stopping to take photographs or selfies, silhouetted against the azure of the sky. In cursive text, the words ‘Ave’ and ‘Gloria’ are inscribed on the white broken tile façade. Above the curved roofline, the distinctive chimneypots and ventilation stacks protrude higher than the tourists. Many of the windows are shuttered, like blind eyes behind their black wrought iron balustrades.
We check tickets, and enter into the interior courtyards. Above, the multi-coloured walls rise to an oval of blue sky. On the ceiling, subtle frescos are painted. Fanciful wrought iron gates look back onto the street. Armed with audioguides, (whose commentaries are short and succinct thank goodness), we enter the lift and rise to the rooftop. The space thins the crowds a bit, but there is often a wait to get a clear shot. The key rooftop elements are the terracotta coloured chimneys (resembling the soldiers on the Passion façade of the Sagrada Familia), and the white trencadis tile clad ventilation shafts. These are the most popular photo objects, though the undulating roof, the gulfs to the interior courtyards protected by unsightly grey iron fences are popular also. An especially long wait is needed to get a picture of the temples of Tibidabo and La Sagrada Familia, framed through deliberately placed arches.
Underneath the rooftop, the attic is used as an exhibition space, and also as a working example of Gaudi’s gift to architecture, the catenary arch, borrowed from the construction of suspension bridges, to general architecture. In the attic, the brick ribs of the arches are like the bones of whatever mythical creature remains trapped forever in the roof of La Pedrera.
Downstairs, an apartment has been restored to the style of the building's heyday as a residence for the wealthy of early 20th Century Barcelona. Gaudi’s characteristic irregular shaped rooms, attention to detail in mouldings and wainscoting, down to specialised doorhandles are all evident. The hexagonal floor tiles, with an aquatic theme were originally intended for use in Casa Batllo, but were instead used here (and they are duplicated in the paving stones of Paseo de Gracia). The apartment is bright and airy, and would have been a pleasant domicile. Further downstairs, the first floor temporary exhibition space showed the use of supporting columns, allowing open plan office space long before they came into vogue. Also remaining is the undulating ceiling, which would have been a b*tch to keep clean! We exit through the gift shop.
Make sure that you book on line through the website (avoids queues). There are additional options, including evening sound and light shows, which we considered unnecessary. The entry fee is high, but is worth it.
The thing that the building is best know for is that its not meant to have any straight lines in it, its all curved. You can go inside and see a reconstruction of an apartment from the 1920s and an exhibition. The best part of a visit is apparently going out onto the roof as there are great views. I could see some people up there when I was outside! Personally I didn't go inside because the queues were really long and I was keen to get to my next stop!
This apartment block, just up the road from the Manzana de la Discordia, was also designed by Antoni Gaudi. Its named after the politician who originally commissioned the building but is also known as La Pedrera or The Quarry. Although it caused some controversy when it was built, even being compared to an airship hanger, it was made a world heritage site in 1984 and has become one of the symbols of the city
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.
Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for 'The Stone Quarry') due to its stone like appearance, was built in 1905-10 originally for house apartments and offices however the owner had difficulty renting the apartments because prospective tenants thought they would have problems furnishing the rooms as they were irregularly shaped.
The building was allowed to deteriorate and by the early 1980s had been painted a dreary brown; however, it has since been restored with many of the original colours revived.
Monday to Friday: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Children (7 to 12): €10.25
Children (Under 7): Free
September 2005, updated December 2015
If you are a fan of Gaudi then no visit to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to La Pedrera. This was Gaudi's last civil project and arguably one of his most original. A visit here consists of a number of areas, the Espai Gaudí, located in the attic, provides an overview of Gaudí's work; the La Pedrera Apartment recreates the life and the flat of a bourgeois family of Barcelona in the first part of the twentieth century, the roof terrace shows the brilliance of Gaudi with the architectural-sculptures that are here. There are an abundance of photo opportunities available on the roof terrace.
Opening hours: 09:00 - 18:30 (winter), 09:00 - 20:00 (summer).
Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is a a modernist building designed and built by architect Antoni Gaudi between 1906-10, located at 92, Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona.
Remarkable features of this unusual, fairy-tale-like house contain a curved, "wave-like" stone facade, twisted wrought-iron-decorations, a lack of right angles and a preference for naturalistic rather than geometric forms. The rooftop is especially beautiful, with many decorative chimneys and staircase exits.
Casa Mila was intended as a family home and as apartments to rent and, indeed, there are still people using the apartments today!
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1984). Gaudi designed this building when he was 54 and it was his final architectural design.
Like all the most popular sites in Barcelona, book in advance to avoid disappointment and/or massive queues! Adults are €16.50 and there are concessions for seniors and children under 12 years.
Casa Mila ~ La Pedrera
A lift takes you straight up to the roof where you can wander freely around the chimneys...
the stairs take you into the roof for an exhibition and then down to the next floor to have a look at an apartment. Then it is back down to the exit wondering who lives in the apartments!
There is an overpriced gift shop.
Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera, meaning the 'The Quarry', is a famous building designed by Antoni Gaudí.
The Mila's house is the main sight of parkway Passeig de Gracia. This Gaudi's building more reminds sculptural, product than product of architecture. The six-storied house is similar to a huge rock. Windows and doors remind grottoes.
This innovative modernist building which is another remarkable masterpiece of Gaudi has become UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Casa Mila is also known as La Pedrera which means stone quarry due to its impressive facade looking like an open quarry. The roof terrace, the attic, the Pedrera apartment and exhibition hall are the places you can visit in the building. The architectural sculptures at the roof terrace are very impressive. The entrance fee is 16.5 Euro per person and credit card is accepted.
We had a big discussion if we would like to live in a building like Casa Mila, one of the most famous buildings of Gaudi also known as La Pedrera (pic 1). We spend a lot of time checking the different rooms(I guess this is how they look like at the beginning of the 20th century) and of course the weird roof terrace that is open to visitors and you can have a picture next to the surrealistic chimneys(pic 2). It isn’t so colorful like Casa Batllo but it’s worth to visit it. I only wish it wasn’t so heavily packed with visitors. If you don’t go inside check the balcony details.
It is open daily 9.00-18.30 (march-october till 20.00) and the entrance fee is 14euro.
At Avinguda Diagonal check Palau del Baro de Quadras. It was built by Cadalfach in 1904 and since 2003 is the headquarters of Casa Asia with aim to strengthen cultural, social and instituational exchanges between Spain and Asia. Go inside for some nice pictures of the staircase(pic 3). Some meters further on the same avenue check Casa Terrades (pic 4), another building designed by Cadalfach in 1903, known as House of Spikes because of its towers. It’s not allowed to go inside so I just took some pictures of the red brick walls and the sculptures on the façade.