Mad about Gaudi – part 2: Casa Milà

by Karisa

Another one of Gaudi’s residential masterpieces is right up the road from Casa Batlló, on the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer de Provença (it’s less than a 5min walk from each other):

  • Casa Milà (aka La Pedrera):
    Entry cost:  16.5* euro (adult)
    Fast facts:  Apartment block – 8 stories high.  Built between 1906 and 1910.  This was his last work before he devoted himself to the Sagrada Familia (don’t worry, we’ll cover that one too).   Don’t expect to see any straight walls in this building.  The facade resembles waves and the rooftop houses chimneys & vents which look more like abstract sculptures.
    Maybe a bit bland to some, especially when compared to Casa Batlló, but incredible in its own right.  I think the beauty comes in the simplicity of the colour palette and the clean lines.  We also got a sneak peek at what life inside one of the apartments was like back in the day.  Very swanky indeed.
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    The attic – which houses a mini museum…


    This is how Gaudi used to plan out his buildings… he’d drape it upside down and then look in a mirror placed below the draping to figure out how the angles would work.



    Those green tops are actually made from shards from old champagne bottles. How decadent…



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    This is the apartment – loved the floor tiles and that old wooden gramophone…


    Oh and look, your apartment comes complete with creepy, possessed doll and all! (I’ve clearly watched too many horror movies)

Absolutely loved that rooftop.  It had a very calming feel about it.  Could have spent more time up there if it wasn’t so incredibly hot that day…

Next up we’ll take a closer look at the Sagrada Familia… Gaudi’s grand finale which is actually still in progress today.


*  Same as mentioned in my previous post – If you use the Hop On / Hop Off bus, you get a discount voucher to this building – also only 10%.

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