After enjoying Casa Batlló I thought that I'd take a tour of Gaudí's other work that can be found on the same street.
07.07.2012 - 07.07.2012
After visiting Casa Batlló last week, I liked the quirky modernist style of Gaudí so much that I decided that I would visit Casa Milà (aka La Pedrera) this weekend, another house worked on by the famous Catalan architect. A little tip; they are currently showing an exhibition of ceramics on the first floor of the building until September which you can view for free, like all of the temporary exhibitions that they put on in this beautiful building. In spite of all this, it's a shame that the entry ticket price is a monument in its own right... Entry will set you back a colossal 16.50€. Still, cheaper than Batlló I suppose.
La Pedrera and Casa Batlló are only a few minutes walk away from each other and both can be found on Passeig de Gràcia. With La Pedrera being accessible via the metro station Diagonal and Batlló being accessible via the metro station Passeig de Gràcia. It's not difficult to find at all, especially since the facade of the building stands out in its environment.
La Pedrera (or The Quarry in English) was constructed by Antoni Gaudí between 1906 and 1920 for a wealthy family, the Milàs, and was his last commercial project in the field of architecture. After this project, Gaudí when on to dedicate his time to the completion of La Sagrada Familia.
After my experience in the not-so-little queue which is always inevitable for this monument, I entered through a heavy door to the courtyard of the building. Here the 'rippling' of the structure is very present, with straight lines being kept to a minimum.
You can also note this when you reach the fourth floor, which is open to the public. There are other floors where families still live and there are even some offices (I imagine the rent is quite high here). On this particular floor though, the interior of this apartment is styled in an early twentieth century manner including all the of the preserved decorative elements. Unlike Casa Batlló, this house still has all the furniture. Because of this, you can see the pictures, bedding, carpets, and even the old appliances they would use. I got the feeling as if I was visiting a friends apartment... Only 90 years back!
The floor that followed was devoted entirely to the works of Gaudí. The models and drawings, quick sketches, photographs and videos. Each one of these things helps us to understand the artistic mind and vision of the architectures that he created. The floor is split up into seven distinctive areas, one of which is dedicated to the house itself.
After inspecting every nook and cranny of the house, it was time to take to the roof. The terrace is absolutely amazing, personally it was probably the best part. With chimneys in the form of soldiers, mosaics, railings that pulsate across the summit of this house, and of course the wonderful views that cover practically all of Barcelona.
After experiencing both of the famous Guadí houses, I can personally say that I preferred touring Casa Milà. Give it a go yourself!
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