Casa Mila aka La Pedrera: Antoni Gaudi’s most ambitious architecture in Barcelona

If you are travelling to Barcelona or have visited Barcelona, you would know that Antoni Gaudi is one of the most famous architects of the city. In fact, there are 2 famous Gaudi architectures in Barcelona that are not to be missed. They are La Sagrada Familia (sometimes known as La Familia) church

La Sagrada Familia aka La Familia Church Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia aka La Familia Church Barcelona

as well as the La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila) in Barcelona

La Pedrera aka Casa Mila Barcelona
La Pedrera aka Casa Mila Barcelona

Gaudi’s architecture takes inspiration from nature and you would often see “trencadis” façade (mosaic facade) as well as elements from nature that are interwoven into his work. This time, we took some time to visit La Pedrera and take in all that this amazing architecture has to offer…

About La Pedrera aka Casa Mila

Casa Mila also known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry – because its rough appearance resembled an open quarry), was built by Antoni Gaudi from 1906 to 1912. At the age of 53, Gaudi was at the height of his architectural journey and had found his own unique voice in the design of buildings. La Pedrera turned out to be his last civil work…

Address of La Pedrera (Casa Mila)

Passeig de Gràcia, 92. 08008, Barcelona.
Tel. 902 202 138

Opening Hours of La Pedrera (Casa Mila)

From Monday to Sunday, 9am to 6.30pm
and 7pm to 9pm

Ticket Prices of La Pedrera (Casa Mila)

La Padrera by day: 22€
La Padrera by night: 34€
La Padrera day & night: 41€

There are also discounts for students and elderly. This time, we took the La Padrera by day tickets and were able to visit the Provença and Passeig de Gràcia courtyard, the Roof-Terrace, the Attic (the Espai Gaudí), The Pedrera apartment and the exhibition hall at the main floor of the building.

La Pedrera Casa Mila Roof Top Terrace

After paying for the tickets, you’ll be given an audio guide that allows you to have a self-guided tour of La Pedrera. The first location to visit is the iconic roof top terrace of Casa Mila.

Roof Top of La Pedrera Barcelona
Roof Top of La Pedrera Barcelona
Roof Top Terrace of La Pedrera Barcelona
Roof Top Terrace of La Pedrera Barcelona

The roof top terrace of La Pedrera is a distinctly different place altogether. It sort of transports you to a different dimension. A figment of imagination from the genius of Antoni Gaudi’s mind. Look at these structures at the roof top of La Pedrera. What do they remind you of?

Structures at Roof Top of La Pedrera
Structures at Roof Top of La Pedrera

At first glace, they reminded us of knights that are lined up neatly. As we listened to the audio guide, we realised that Gaudi saw the landscape of Barcelona and did not like the different chimneys that protruded from the various houses. As such, he sought to beautify chimneys through his work at the roof top of La Pedrera.

La Pedrera Casa Mila Barcelona
Courtyard
La Pedrera Casa Mila Barcelona
Top-down view
La Pedrera Casa Mila Barcelona
Bottom Up View

Even the views of the courtyard was outstanding. Notice the symmetry seen from the bottom-up view.

There are also 2 “frames” that Gaudi created at the roof top of La Pedrera. These frames places 2 churches within the arches at the roof top of La Pedrera. The 2 churches are La Sagrada Familia and Sagrat Cor, a church sitting on Mount Tibidabo…

La Pedrera Roof Top Arch Framing La Sagrada Familia
La Pedrera Roof Top Arch Framing La Sagrada Familia
La Pedrera Roof Top Arch Framing Sagrat Cor, a church sitting on Mount Tibidabo
La Pedrera Roof Top Arch Framing Sagrat Cor, a church sitting on Mount Tibidabo

There are also amazing views of Barcelona City that can be seen from the roof top terrace of La Pedrera.

Amazing views of Barcelona from Roof Top Terrace of La Pedrera
Amazing views of Barcelona from Roof Top Terrace of La Pedrera

La Pedrera Casa Mila Attic

Next, we headed down to the Attic, where you’ll be able to learn where Gaudi gets his inspiration from…

Gaudi designed furniture for ergonomics
Gaudi designed furniture for ergonomics
Attic of La Pedrera Barcelona
Attic of La Pedrera Barcelona

It was said that Gaudi got his inspiration from nature. He would pay close attention to structures of leaves, trees and even insects. It was there that Gaudi got the inspiration for the “back bone” of La Pedrera as you can see from the top of the attic (picture above). That “back bone” is lined throughout La Pedrera. It not only supports the structure but provides the outlines for the unique facade that is seen throughout the building. From nature, he also drew inspiration for furniture and even door knobs that are ergonomically-designed for users.

The La Pedrera Apartment

Today, there are still many residents staying at La Pedrera. The La Pedrera Apartment tour that came next, gave us an idea of how life was like in those days and the vast space (with lights) that were created by Gaudi for its occupants…

Servants Quarters at La Pedrera - Notice the ample sunlight that comes through
Servants Quarters at La Pedrera – Notice the ample sunlight that comes through
La Pedrera Apartment Casa Mila Barcelona
Master Bedroom
La Pedrera Apartment Casa Mila Barcelona
Rooms with Sliding Doors
La Pedrera Apartment Casa Mila Barcelona
Bathroom

It was such a great learning experience to walk through the apartment at La Pedrera. Even in those days (early 1900s), Gaudi had placed emphasis on allowing natural light into the living spaces – even for the servant quarters. That thinking and mindset must have been eons ahead of his time. In terms of luxury, we were also surprised to find a bath tub in the bathroom as well as sliding doors that separate functional living spaces.

Sunset at La Pedrera Barcelona

After the tour of the apartment, we headed back up to the roof top again (yes, you can back track up) and enjoyed views of the sun setting over Barcelona…

Sunset over La Pedrera
Sunset over La Pedrera
Barcelona Sunset
Barcelona Sunset
Last glimpse of sunset at La Pedrera
Last glimpse of sunset at La Pedrera

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We’ll leave you with this video tour of La Pedrera…

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