On October 31, 1912, after six intense years of construction, the architect Antonio Gaudí signed the certificate of completion of a new and colorful building at number 2 Passeig de Gràcia. Located on an elegant and stately avenue, Casa Milà - popularly known as "La Pedrera" - had just become the masterpiece of Gaudi and modernism in the heart of Barcelona.
Join us on a tour of this architectural gem through its history and symbolism, located just a 3 minute walk from The Passage Homes.
La Pedrera was commissioned by Pere Milá and Roser Segimon, a married couple from a bourgeois and somewhat snobbish family, who, after visiting Casa Batlló, decided to trust the architect of the moment to build their new home. His fame and uniqueness has spread worldwide, achieving that on November 2, 1984 was declared World Heritage by UNESCO along with other works of Gaudi also located in the city. Despite this, none of them has managed to become a reference of expressionist architecture and abstract sculpture as Casa Milà did. We can say with total ease that it is the most emblematic civil building of the architect, both for the definition of his own style and for its constructive innovations and its symbolism.
AMAZING... WHY IS THIS BUILDING SO PARTICULAR?
Looking at Casa Milà from the parallel sidewalk is synonymous of marveling at a work of art. One of those pieces that manages to leave no one indifferent, provoking in each person a different sensation.
The name "La Pedrera" is born from its simile with an open-air quarry, with shapes extracted from nature that we can observe in its exterior facade through the undulations that remind us of the waves of the sea. Many experts have analyzed its symbolism, claiming that there is an undeniable evocation of nature throughout the building.
The grat book, one that is always open and which you must strive to read, is that of Nature - ANTONIO GAUDÍ.
Milà's project was to construct a large building, following the custom of 19th century bourgeois families of designing a neighbor's estate where the main floor is for the owner's family and the rest are for rent.
Although at present a part of the building is used as a residence, the rest is made up of a cultural center managed by Caixa Catalunya, a restaurant and a bookstore.
WE WOULD LOVE TO GO! WHEN CAN WE VISIT THIS ARCHITECTURAL GEM?
La Pedrera is not only a building to be admired for its exteriors: the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation is currently open to the public as a cultural space with a catalog of exhibitions, art shows and performances throughout the season. You can also enjoy the history and the interior of the building in its entirety with visits for all audiences.
We recommend you... La Pedrera Night Experience to enjoy the amazing night views from its Rooftop Warriors.
La Pedrera is open every day of the year, although depending on the dates the schedules might change:
From March 1st to November 3rd: 9:00h to 20:30h
From 4th November to 28th February: 9:00h to 18:30h.
Passeig de Gràcia, 92, 08008 Barcelona
A 3 minute walk from The Passage.