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Facts about La Pedrera – Gaudi’s Casa Mila, Barcelona

Casa Mila rooftop

Antoni Gaudi’s this building is so special that there are lots of interesting facts about La Pedrera.

This modernist architecture is known for its unconventional style and design and was built between the years 1906 and 1912.

Gaudi’s refusal to stay in straight lines is well reflected in this special construction which is now a popular tourist destination in Barcelona.

This famous site is most popular for its rooftop terrace and the hauntingly enchanting chimneys which are also as ‘The Garden of Warriors’

La Pedrera has featured in 15 movies including Woody Allen’s ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona.’

La Pedrera 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’.

Note: La Pedrera and Casa Mila refer to the same building and have been used interchangeably in the article below.

Facts about La Pedrera – Casa Mila

Antoni Gaudi built Casa Mila
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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. Which is better: 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. Check out:  Inside La Pedrera – photos of the interior

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 passersby of a quarry. And the name “La Pedrera” stuck. The locals thought it was ugly but more than a million visitors annually. Here is the answer to the question Is La Pedrera worth it?

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.

La Pedrera roof
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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.

Casa Mila Attic
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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 La Pedrera doesn’t need an air conditioner.

La Pedrera Apartment
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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.

La Pedrera Balcony
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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 booking your La Pedrera 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.

Buy La Pedrera tickets now and save money!

The online tickets will be emailed to you. To gain entry, just show them at the entrance of the attraction. 

Recommended Reading
1. La Pedrera, Barcelona – Casa Mila opening time, location, best time to visit
2. Casa Batllo tickets – Fast Pass, tickets price, discounts, buy online
3. Casa Mila tickets – buy La Pedrera tickets online
4. Inside Casa Batllo – interior pictures of Gaudi’s Casa Batllo
5. Gaudi House Museum – ticket price, how to reach & best times

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