The Casa Mila, popularly known as "La Pedrera", is a unique building, built between 1906 and 1912 by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) and World Heritage UNESCO 1984. Currently, the building is the headquarters of the Foundation Catalunya-La Pedrera and hosts a cultural center of reference in the city of Barcelona for the set of activities organized and the various museum spaces and public use including.
La Pedrera is today a beacon that radiates creation and knowledge, a great continent full of content, with a key role in the transformation of society and commitment to its people.
With its appearance, similar to a open quarry, Casa Milà was commissioned by the industrialist Pere Milà i Camps and his wife, Roser Segimon i Artells, widow of a wealthy Indian Reus, Gaudí Antoni made the year 1906. The idea was to construct a building on the plot at the boundary between Barcelona and Grace, as a family residence, but also with rental apartments, in a time when the Eixample district of Barcelona became the main driver of urban sprawl of the city , which transformed the Passeig de Gràcia in the new bourgeois residential center.
La Pedrera was built as two blocks of flats, with independent access, interconnected by two large courtyards and a common curved façade that conveys inner rhythm. The structure of the house is made of pillars and allows for a open floor plan with large openings in the facade. The building was a break with the architectural language of the works of Gaudi, for innovation in both its functional and in the constructive and ornamental.
In his professional fulfillment, at fifty-four, after having achieved a style that is independent with respect to historical styles, Gaudí designed the Casa Mila (1906-1912), which ended up becoming their last civil work and at Meanwhile, in one of the most innovative in the functional, constructive and ornamental. In fact, thanks to their artistic and technical, has always been considered a work break outside the schemes of his time, a rarity within modernism itself and, especially, a work that has anticipated century architecture XX.
The Casa Mila is the fourth and last of the works by Gaudí in the Paseo de Gracia, at that time the most important avenue of the city, which connected the old Barcelona, who had broken down the walls, with the village of Gracia.
Although it is officially known under the name of Casa Mila because it was a real estate of this family, which also established his residence there, popularly received the nickname "La Pedrera", which alludes ironically, as already said, to his appearance outside, like an open quarry.
La Pedrera, Provenza, 261-265, intersection with Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona.
Visiting hours at the building:
From November 5 to February 28. From Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 18.30 (last accessed: 18.00 h)
Closed: December 25 and from 7 to 13 January.
January 1: special hours, from 11.00 to 18.30 h.
From March 1 to November 4. From Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 20.00 (last accessed: 19.30 h).
Prices: Adult: € 16.50, Student: 14,85 €, children 0-6 years free, children 7-12 years € 8.25
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