Located in the Eixample district, where wealthy people used to live in Barcelona, Casa Milà famous for being the last work of the most renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, before he started his famous unending work named La Sagrada Familia. From the outside, the undulating balconies constitute a serie of waves, and each balcony and niches are reflected off in a different, uniquely different style, which is like an indicator of the authenticity and conviction of the architect.
Barcelona is famous for many things, but perhaps the renowned Gaudi is one of the biggest names connected with the city. Of course, this is mainly down to his designs of the hugely imposing and very impressive Sagrada Familia, but that was not his only gift to the city of Barcelona. The Casa Milà is another building designed by the famous Gaudi himself, with construction beginning in 1906, and ending in 1912. Far from just being ‘another building’, the Casa Milà is one to make your jaw drop in terms of the detail and design. The name itself serves from the family for whom the building was designed, the Milà family. They lived on the main floor, and then rented out the rest. Today, Casa Milà remains one of the most interesting structures in Barcelona, and one of the greatest masterpieces of Gaudi’s work.
You will often see the Casa Mila referred to as La Pedrera, which translates to ‘stone quarry’. This is because when you gaze upon the building it looks like an open quarry in many ways. The outer stone is regular and curved, almost looking like it could have come from the times of the Stone Age! The design is said to be served from nature, with the flow of the curves and the twisted top sections all giving a distinctly natural feel. Of course, this was Gaudi’s last piece of work for the city, before he began dedicating his time fo the Sagrada Familia, and he left behind a very classic legacy in terms of breaking traditions. The front of the house does look like one very large rock, broken up with waves and lines. You will also notice the colour of it, being quite bright and standing out from the rest of the buildings around it. The building has two sections which are connected by one stone facade. This is the ground floor and the roof section. Each section has its own entrance, so you can explore around, and a yard for each. The interior of the house is as interesting as the outside, as it has a unique natural ventilation system, in-keeping with the theme of nature. The courtyards are decorated with natural colours and rounded shapes, and the staircases cling to the walls and wind around the inner section. In the attic of the house you can learn more about Gaudi himself, as there is an exhibition here, teaching you about his life, his achievements, and his architectural beliefs. Of course, without a doubt, the major highlight is the roof, giving you a stunning view over the city. There are many chimneys and staircases, which add to the interesting flavour. Queues to visit Casa Milà can be long, so it is worth arranging everything beforehand buying a ticket online and not having to stand in line in often hot weather. For anyone who wants to learn more about Gaudi, then, the Casa Milà is a great choice, as well as being a stunning example of architecture, right in the heart of a busy and bustling city. You will feel as though you have been transported back in time, along with a calming feel of nature around the entire site.