"La Pedrera ("The Quarry")" Casa MilÓ - La Pedrera Tip by gordonilla

Casa MilÓ - La Pedrera, Barcelona: 189 reviews and 369 photos

  the view over the terrace
by gordonilla

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the area around the Paseig de Gracia as the main area that Barcelona grew and in turn it became a very fashionable residential area.

The wealthy Mila family commissioned Anonti Gaudi to build structure to act as a boundary between Barcelona and Gracia and the main floor to be a family dwelling and the remainder of the building to be let.

The work took place between 1906 and 1912, and it was conceived as the body of an animal in which the numerous columns were bones with the facade being the skin.

The building rests on pillars instead of load bearing walls, which permits large apertures on the facade. The design was innovative and broke with all architectural stykle and convention at the time.

It seems to be now more famous for it's chimney pots and roof rather than the aninal concept.

It is currently in use - and has been developed over the past years through the good works of the Caixa Catalunya.

It became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984.

Address: Place del portal de la Pau
Directions: Passeig de Gracia
Phone: 0902 400 973
Website: http://www.caixacatalunya.es/obrasocial

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  • Updated May 11, 2005
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