Commonly known as La Pedrera (¨quarry¨ in catalan) Casa Mila was built between 1906 and 1912. This building was designed for Pere Mila and Roser Segimon.
Casa Mila is a true reflection of Antoni Gaudi artistic prime.
This building is a wonderful example of his most naturalist approach. A period in which the architect finds a great deal of inspiration in nature manifesting a strong fixation in organic free-flowing lines, feature which is skillfully achieved thanks to his thorough structural analysis.
Like in the rest of his works in Casa Mila Gaudi frees himself from classic and rationalist rigidity exploiting ornamental creation and creative freedom.
The six-storey building is formed by two independent structures each with its own access and patio de luces. Nonetheless the façade presents one structure which is common to both buildings. The function of the facade is not structural therefore its design is charged with marked creative freedom and ornament. Gaudi was inspired by the sea waves to create the curved exterior of the building which generates interesting light effects along the different parts of the day. The balconies are made of wrought iron with phytomorphic and abstract motif. Gaudí even designed the hexagonal tiles that would be placed on the sidewalk of Casa Mila using marine motif such as octopus, stars and snails. These tiles would be later chosen to pave the sidewalk in Paseo de Gracia.
All throughout Casa Mila we see a celebration of nature from its limestone façade which reminds us of a snowy mountain to its marvelous chimneys covered by ceramic that resemble helmet-covered warriors and the outstanding beauty of its wrought –iron balconies that simulate rambling plants. No wonder the building has been praised by figures such as Le Corbusier and Nicolas Pevsner. It has also been recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage building in 1984. A definitely must-gawk building in Barcelona