Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for ‘The Quarry’), is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1906–1910. It is one of the most important landmarks of Barcelona and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Casa Milà was commissioned by a rich couple, Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. It was designed by the Antoni Gaudí and the construction started in 1906, getting completed by 1912. The design was unconventional and controversial for that time and the bold forms of the stone façade and wrought iron decoration in the balconies and windows, by Josep Maria Jujol, did not go well with the local people who considered the building weird and unbecoming of the locality.
The architecture of the building was unique, with a bimorphic appearance, where the shape of the exterior continued to the interior. The basement was a garage, the main floor the residence of the owners while the rest of the spaces was to be built into 20 residences, to be rented to tenants. The layout was shaped like an asymmetrical ’8′. The attic housed the laundry and drying areas, forming an insulating space for the building and simultaneously determining the levels of the roof.
The most significant parts of the building was the roof, crowned with skylights or staircase exits, fans, and chimneys. All of these elements, constructed with timbrel coated with limestone, broken marble or glass, while having a specific architectural function, became real sculptures integrated into the building.
Gaudi was a devout Catholic and a lot of Casa Milà was intended to become a spiritual symbol. Overt religious elements are found throughout the building.
|La Pedrera (Casa Milà)|
|Days||Everyday except 25 Dec, 13 to 19 Jan 2014|
|Timing||4 Nov to 28 Feb||9:00 AM to 6:30 PM||Last entry – 6:00 PM|
|1 Jan||11:00 AM to 6:30 PM||Last entry – 6:00 PM|
|1 Mar to 3 Nov||9:00 AM to 8:00 PM||Last entry – 7:30 PM|
|Children (7 to 12 years)||€8.25|
|Days||Everyday except 24 and 25 Dec, 1 and 6 Jan 2014|
|Timing||17 Sep 2013 to 12 Jan 2014||10:00 AM to 8:00 PM||Last entry – 7:30 PM|
|Children (7 to 12 years)||€2|
|Reach||RENFE||Passeig de Gràcia|
|Metro||lines 3 and 5, Diagonal|
|Bus||Routes 7,16,17, 22, 24, 28|
|Audio Guide||Languages||Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Galician, Basque|
|Special version for kids|
|descriptive version for the blind|
|transcriptions for the hard of hearing|
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