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Casa Mila (La Pedrera) – Gaudí’s tenement house in Barcelona

Casa Mila (orig. Casa Milà) is a house in Barcelona that was built in the years 1906-1912. Its construction was commissioned by Pere Milà and his wife Roser.

And probably there would be nothing special about this building, and you would not be reading this article now if it were not for the fact that it was designed by Antoni Gaudi. What’s more, Casa Mila (or “La Pedrera”) is the artist’s last “secular project”, considered by many to be his finest and most mature one.

The work of the Catalan artist grabs your attention at first sight. If you’ve ever been to Barcelona and walked down Passeig de Grácia, this building surely hasn’t escaped your attention. It looks like… an uneven stone, full of oval finishes and wavy shapes. No wonder that the Spaniards, somewhat defiantly, dubbed it “La Pedrera” – the second name which literally means “quarry”.

Architecture of Casa Mila

This is how the building is called by the owners of the foundation that promotes and maintains this building (Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation). It’s hard not to agree with them. The architectural forms referred to by Antonio Gaudi are clearly associated with what we can find in nature.

The façade resembles the surface of a rough sea, the iron balcony railings make you think of wild grapevines, the chimneys resemble smoke, and the silhouettes of birds located outside the building seem to be getting ready to take off.

La Pedrera and attention to detail

Although La Pedrera is associated primarily with its unusual façade, its interior has also been very much refined by Gaudi. The ceiling of each room has a separate plaster form. Carpentry finishes and mosaics are also elements that are difficult to ignore. Even the windows do not have a random form – they were designed by Josep Maria Jujol.

In the building there are also two patios (“courtyards” inside the building), thanks to which each room is well lit.

How was La Pedrera created?

In June 1905, the Milàs purchased a building at the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and Provence Streets. In September of the same year, Antonio Gaudi was hired as the chief architect of the new house. A few months later, in February 1906, the project was approved by the city and construction works began. Gaudi decided to demolish the previous building and create a new one, that was entirely based on his own vision.

Casa Mila was completed in December 1910. A year later, the Milàs moved into the building and the following year, the remaining floors of the building were ready for rent by those interested.

The architecture of La Pedrera impresses with its detail
The architecture of La Pedrera impresses with its detail

Interesting facts about Casa Mila

  • During the construction of La Pedrera there were some problems with the cellar and garage. One of the Milà’s future neighbours asked Gaudi to change the design due to not being able to drive into his garage with his Rolls Royce. The architect agreed to this modification.
  • Gaudi used models that were originally designed for Casa Batlló to build some sections of the floor at Casa Milà.
  • Gaudi designed not only the Casa Milà building and its interior, but also some furniture and accessories (including lamps and flower pots!). This characteristic approach (similar to the one applied in Casa Batlló) was aimed at preserving the integrity of his design.
  • Casa Milà, like many of Gaudi’s other works, is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • One of the scenes from the film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” was filmed on the roof of La Pedrera.
  • A miniature model of the building can be found in the Catalan Miniature Museum (Catalunya en Miniatura).

Practical information about La Pedrera

  • It’s best to buy tickets to Casa Mila in advance. You will then avoid standing in a long queue and avoid the risk that all tickets have been sold out.
  • Opening hours: from 1 March to 4 November: all week from 9:00 AM. to 8:30 PM; overnight visits from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. From 5 November to 28 February: all week from 9:00AM to 6:30 PM; overnight visits from 7:00 PM. to 9:00 PM.
  • Address: Pg. de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
  • Buy Tickets on GetYourGuide

La Pedrera on a map

Discover Catalonia

Each region of Spain is divided into provinces. Their names often coincide with the names of their main cities. Catalonia is divided into four provinces, each of which has different tourist attractions and interesting places to offer:
ProvinceTourist attractions and interesting places
BarcelonaGothic Quarter Barri Gòtic, La Rambla, Montjuïc, cable railway Telefèric de Montjuïc, Magic Fountains (Font Màgica), La Boqueria, Laberint d’Horta Park, Poble EspanyolCamp Nou, Torre Agbar, oceanarium in Barcelona, Barcelona Zoo, Tibidabo Amusement Park, Palace of Catalan Music, National Art Museum of Catalonia, Picasso Museum, Catalan Museum of Archaeology, Miniature Park - Catalunya en Miniatura, MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Generalitat Palace, Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy (La Mercé), Cathedral of Barcelona, remains of the temple of Augustus, Els Quatre Gats Cafe, Erotic Museum, Santa María del Mar Church, Port Vell, Plaça de Catalunya, Parc de la Ciutadella, Parc de Collserola, Casa Amatller, Palau Güell, Passeig de Gràcia - luxury street in Barcelona, Montserrat Monastery. Barcelona's neighborhoods and districts (El Raval, El Born, Sant Pere, Les Corts). Gaudi's Monuments: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Pabellones Güell, Bellesguard, Casa Vicens, Casa Calvet. Popular cities: Barcelona, Torrelles de Llobregat, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Tarrasa, Badalona, Sabadell, Mataró, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, San Cugat del Vallés, Cornellá de Llobregat, San Baudilio de Llobregat, Rubí, Manresa, Villanueva y Geltrú, Viladecans, Casteldefels, El Prat de Llobregat, Granollers, Sardañola del Vallés, Mollet del Vallès, Gavá, Sant Antoni de Vilamajor
GironaSalvador Dali Museum, Museum of Miniatures and Microminiatures Micro Mundi, Sausage Museum. Popular cities: Girona, Figueres, Besalú, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Olot, Salt, Palafrugell, San Felíu de Guixols, Rosas, Bañolas, Palamós, Santa Coloma de Farnés, Castellón de Ampurias Torroella de Montgrí, La Bisbal del Ampurdán, Ripoll, Castillo de Aro, Calonge, La Escala, Cassá de la Selva, Castellfollit de la Roca
LleidaPopular cities: Lleida, Tárrega, Balaguer, Mollerusa, La Seo de Urgel, Cervera, Solsona, Alcarrás, Guisona, Almacellas
TarragonaAmusement and theme parks: PortAventura. Popular cities: Tarragona, Reus, Vendrell, Tortosa, Cambrils, Salou, Valls, Calafell, Amposta, Vilaseca

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Jessica Alvaro
Jessica Alvaro
Travel has always been close to me. For me, it's the air I can't breathe without. The sun, without which I forget what a smile is.