La Pedrera or "the quarry", is an apartment building at Passeig de Gràcia No. 92 (at the intersection with Carrer de ... More
La Pedrera or "the quarry", is an apartment building at Passeig de Gràcia No. 92 (at the intersection with Carrer de Provença). The structure took four years to build, between 1906-1910 and it was constructed for the Mila family. Internationally celebrated, Casa Mila is a prime example of Gaudi's civil architecture; a real example of form following function that aesthetically appealing as well as outstandingly practical.
You can't claim to have seen Barcelona without taking an up-close look at Gaudi's work. From the outside, I wasn't very impressed by Casa Mila/ La Pedrera -- it seemed almost grotesque to me. It's only when you enter the show apartment (furnished as it would have been in the early 1900s) that you appreciate Gaudi's genius. The rooms really flow into each other, and have wonderful natural light. I have no particular interest in architecture, but it was fascinating to see how well the space is used.
The exhibitions in the attics (composed of wonderful catenary arches) are very effective in showing how Gaudi's careful observation of the natural world influenced his designs. And from the attics, you can get out onto the roof terraces, with their weird and wonderful chimneys, giving a great view out over the city.
I don't remember the entrance fee, but audio guides in a variety of languages were included with it, and these added a lot to the experience, giving lots of extra information. I'd definitely recommend a visit, but go early to see the show apartment, to avoid crowds.
Top floor is very worth to see. On the 1st floor there is an introduction about the building. However, I don't know too much because it is quite technical. I am so appreciate about the design. The stream-line for the building let everyone want to stay longer. Yellow colour of the building plus blue colour of the sky is a very good place to take photos. Bring more film or memory cards if you take DC to visit Spain.
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