La Pedrera - Casa Mila

Address: Provença, 261-265

Hours: November to February: 9 am to 6:30 pm; March to October: 9 am to 8 pm. Closed: Jan. 1 and 6, Dec. 25 and 26. 

Night Visits with a glass of cava ("Pedera Secreta"): March to November 3: Monday-Sunday, from 8.15pm to midnigth. From November 4: Wednesday-Saturday from 7.15pm to 11pm. Booking necessary. Validate hours on the official website: Click here to go to the official website of La Pedrera.

La Pedrera is an amazing building within which you can spend a huge amount of time without even noticing! In this building the roof is an interesting area although the apartment is also gorgeous. The roof terrace has chimney stacks that are called scare-witches, and these have very unusual shapes, and really are abstract sculptures.

Gaudi built La Pedrera for the prominent Mila Family (Pere Mila was an industrialist and his wife was Roser Segimon) between 1906 and 1912. This caused a sensation at that time because everything in the building was curved and undulated. People made fun of it because they did not understand it or its abstract sculpture. The outside walls were made of stone and reminded people of a quarry, so it was called La Pedrera (meaning stone quarry). The facade is undulating and has large windows and balconies with elaborate wrought iron railings. There is an inner patio that acts like an air shaft for the building.

The exhibition contained in the attic space of the building is called the Gaudi Space and is really interesting and gives a real insight into the way Gaudi worked through models and film. The Poly-funicular models which demonstrate how Gaudi designed the towers and elevations of the Sagrada Familia and also the information on the way his ideas were so ahead of his time in terms of use of space and light. Gaudi apparently studied nature intensely and found that nature had no straight lines. Gaudi learned to build with curves that had strength.

On the 4th floor is the Flat of La Pedrera, which is a replica of an apartment of Gaudi’s time, and this apartment occupies a space of 600 square meters and has household utensils, furniture, and decorative objects. This apartment shows how well-to-do people lived during that time and is very interesting.

La Pedrera was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. The building represents the zenith of Modernism.

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