Casa Milà or La Pedrera: 2 names for the same building
Why is there so much confusion about it? Let’s see:
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.
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.
The rooftop: the infamous 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
- 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
–Diagonal stop L5/Blue line
–Diagonal stop L3/Green line
-Buses that will get you there are numbers 7,16,17, 22, 24 y V17
-Hop off at Provença-La Pedrera stop