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Casa Milà, Gaudí’s wonderland

Casa Milà, La Pedrera, Gaudí

Casa Milà, also known as “La Pedrera” is one of Gaudí’s most know buildings (together with Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and Park Güell), and in many ways an icon to the city of Barcelona.

Casa Milà or La Pedrera: 2 names for the same building

Why is there so much confusion about it? Let’s see:

Casa Milà
The official name. It comes from the burgeois family who commissioned the oeuvre to Gaudí and who first lived there, named Milà.  and the property belongs now to CaixaBank, that runs it under the Foundation Catalunya La Pedrera.
La Pedrera
The unofficial but most common name. The building was nicknamed like this at some moment in the 20’s, but there is no certainty in its origin, as pedrera means Quarry in Catalan.

What is Casa Milà?

Pere Milà i Camps, a rich catalan burgeois, wanted to build his residency. After the city’s expansion or Eixample, traced by urbanist Cerdà, Passeig de Gràcia stood as the main street of the city and in the early XX century, all rich and powerful families wanted to establish there their residence or businesses. So, in 1905 they commissioned Gaudí, who was at the peak of his career, to build for them and his family a whole building in the confluence of Passeig de Gràcia and Provença streets. The idea was to live there in one apartment and rent the other ones.

One of the jewels of the Modernisme architectonic movement, only surpassed by the Sagrada Familia. La Pedrera is so astonishing that was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1984.

Casa Milà photos

A Gaudí’s masterpiece

Gaudí was a mature and world-famous architect when he created La Pedrera, so he was free to do whatever he wanted (in many ways). This freedom of will was reflected in the fact that Gaudí didn’t respect Barcelona’s city council building laws. The building was bigger and higher than allowed, but he was confident in doing whatever he liked.

Casa Milà features

This oeuvre belongs to his naturalist period, where he wanted to imitate nature creating rounded and organic shapes, avoiding squared and rigid ones. La Pedrera contains many architectonic elements:

  • text_icon  More than 1800 square meters in 6 floors
  • text_icon  3 Facades, one facing Passeig de Gràcia, one facing Provença street and the other one facing the junction of the two
  • text_icon  2 patios
  • text_icon  Unlimited details richness: Flemish tapestries, fresco paintings, stone-carved verses from different poems…
  • text_icon A magic rooftop

The rooftop: the infamous warriors

Towers found at Casa Milà terrace
Casa Milà’s rooftop towers or warriors

Casa Milà may be awesome, but the top of it is simply jaw-dropping. Gaudí placed there some ventilation and chimney towers, but he gave them strange curvy shapes. These structures appear to be some sort of warrior’s heads covered by helmets. In total, there’s 30 of these warriors await, and give the terrace an unreal feeling, like being in another planet. Plus there are different floor-levels, that drive the visitor along many stairways, creating the a wonderland-like impression.

It’s even said that even George Lucas got the inspiration to design the iconic stormtrooper’s helmet for the Star Wars saga!

Opening hours and prices

-Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM and from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

-Prices (audioguide is included):

  • Adult: € 22
  • Student:€16,50
  • Disabled person:€ 16,50
  • Seniors (+65 years old) :€ 16,50
  • Kid (7-12 years old): € 11
  • Kids (0-6 years old): free

 

How to arrive in La Pedrera?

Casa Milà is located at C/Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona

By metro

Diagonal stop L5/Blue line
Diagonal stop L3/Green line

By bus

-Buses that will get you there are numbers 7,16,17, 22, 24 y V17

By FGC

-Hop off at Provença-La Pedrera stop