Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (quarry), is a modernist building located on one of the longest streets in Barcelona, Passaige de Gracia, designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in collaboration with Sugranyes Domènec i Gras. The house, built in the years 1906-1910, was initially home to a married couple Pere Milà i Camps and Roser Segimon i Artells. Currently, it is owned by a bank and functions as a residential building offering guided tours around the house.
Architecturally, the building was modeled on the geometrical structure of the Eixample district which was designed by Ildefons Cerdà. Its facade is characterized by wavy shapes and geometric lines which form carved surfaces. Also, the building does not have a load-bearing wall. Instead, it is exclusively held up by a network of piers and metal beams which bear the building's vault. Appart from the roof of the building which is covered with white tiles set in the famous trencadís technique, the house is almost entirely covered in bright limestone, hence its common name La Pedrera. On the roof of the building one can find exit doors of a staircase surmounted by the famous Gaudí's crosses as well as chimneys resembling medieval warriors with their faces hidden behind the helmets, all covered by a blanket of white tiles. On the other side of the building, there are characteristic wavy structures reminiscent of conches and octupuses. The building has five floors, an attic made entirely of arched structures, the aforementioned roof as well as two large courtyards, a circular one and an oval one.
In 1984, the building was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
||La Pedrera o Casa Milá, un MUST de Barcelona||En blanco ondulante en mitad del Passeig de Gracia - esquina con Provença- emerge esta maravilla de la arquitectura modernista elocuentemente firmada por el genio Gaudí. Merece la pena visitarla, a pesar de que no todos los pisos están abiertos al público, pero comparada con su 'hermana' la Casa Bat...||2012-05-22 21:57:33|
|Neighbourhood||Dreta de l'Eixample (Eixample)|
|Price||normal : 14.00 student : 10.00 (age <26) audio guide : 4.00|
|Geographical coordinates||41.3950377, 2.1616839|
|Address||08008 Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia 92|
|Construction dates||1906 - 1910|
|More information||official website|
|How to arrive?||official transport site|