Antoni Gaudi’s this masterpiece is so special that there are lots of interesting Casa Mila facts.
Gaudi’s refusal to stay in straight lines is well reflected in La Pedrera.
This famous site is most popular for its rooftop terrace and the enchanting chimneys which are also known as ‘The Garden of Warriors.’
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This tourist attraction in Barcelona was originally named Casa Mila after the Mila family for whom the house was built.
However, the locals didn’t like Gaudi’s design for the house. They started referring to it as ‘La Pedrera’ which in Spanish means ‘the stone quarry’.
It has been more than a 100 years since Gaudi finished this masterpiece, but the name stuck.
Note: Since La Pedrera and Casa Mila refer to the same building, they have been used interchangeably in the article.
Casa Mila facts
Over the years’ lots of interesting facts about Casa Mila have been unearthed. Some are documented Casa Mila facts and some are just legendary. Some are academic and some are just Casa Mila’s fun facts.
1. Antoni Gaudi got the contract for building La Pedrera because he did a good job with Casa Batllo. Incidentally, Casa Batllo is just 700 meters (2300 feet) from Casa Mila.
This is why many tourists book La Pedrera and Casa Batllo tickets together. Some who don’t have the time or money to explore both opt for one of the two – Casa Batllo or Casa Mila.
2. A wealthy businessman Pere Mila i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells had a 2,000 square meters property on the noble Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona.
Once they decided to build a special house, they couldn’t think of anybody else other than Antoni Gaudi. The master architect was hired on the spot.
3. Construction of La Pedrera house in Barcelona began in 1906 and was completed four years later. It was Antoni Gaudi’s last project before he decided to focus on Sagrada Familia.
4. Like all of Gaudi’s masterpieces, Casa Mila has been designed and built in art nouveau style. This is a style of architecture that defies straight lines and prefers curves.
5. The entire facade of the La Pedrera is made from the natural stone while the upper edge of the building is covered in white ceramic tiles. This combination evokes the image of a snow-covered mountain.
6. “La Pedrera” means “the quarry house” in Spanish. Casa Mila got this nickname because of the unusual construction. Large stone slabs were first attached to the building’s facade and then the stone masons worked on them.
These stones and their irregular shape reminded the locals of a quarry. And the name “La Pedrera” stuck. The locals thought it was ugly but La Pedrera Casa Mila attracts more than a million visitors annually.
7. Gaudi created this architecture in the most natural form and that it is why you cannot find a right angle in the building. It is an unbelievable but true fact that the Quarry house has no right angles.
8. The two halls in the main apartment are polychromatic with plaster surface and enchanting oil paintings.
9. Interestingly Gaudi had provisioned for a lift on every second floor of La Pedrera. He wanted the residents to talk to each other and the meeting point was the lift area. However, the lifts weren’t built during Gaudi’s period.
10. When you buy tickets for Casa Mila, you gain access to the attic, rooftop and the top floor of the building. The apartment in the top floor gives the visitors an idea of the way life was lived at the start of the twentieth century.
11. The main floor of La Pedrera is the former residence of the Mila family. It was inaugurated as an exhibition hall in 1992. Ever since thousands of exhibitions have been conducted here promoting both local and international artists.
12. The attic in La Pedrera is made up of 270 parabolic brick arches of varying height.
This is where Espai Gaudí (or Gaudi’s Room) is situated – the only exhibition dedicated to Gaudí’s life and work. It showcases the architect’s creations through models, plans, designs, and photographs.
13. Did you know the fact that besides the areas that are open to the tourists, the rest of the floors of Casa Mila are occupied by offices and a few families?
14. Gaudi envisaged a natural ventilation system, because of which the whole of Casa Mila doesn’t need an air conditioner.
15. The Belletage, which in English meant “beautiful floor” was where the owners were to live. The upper floors were meant for the tenants and the employees of the house. Today, the Belletage houses the Art Museum of Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera.
16. The interior walls of the Casa Milà can be moved with little effort, which was made possible by a concrete-steel construction, which does not require load-bearing walls, similar to what is common in modern office buildings today.
17. The balconies of Casa Mila are built using iron bars which look like waves from a distance. These iron balconies were designed by Josep Maria Jujol, who has also helped Gaudi with his earlier projects like Park Guell and Casa Batllo.
Important: Did you know that buying Casa Mila tickets online is cheaper than buying it at the tourist attraction? When you buy online, you don’t pay the 3 Euros of Window surcharge. Plus, you don’t have to wait in the queue.
The online tickets will be emailed to you. To gain entry, just show them at the entrance.