Casa Mila (Pedrera)
Casa Milà, La PedreraEdit profile
Casa Milà is better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for 'Stone Quarry') because it rises up like a great rock formation among the other buildings on the street. It was built for the married couple, Rosario Segimon and Pere Milà. The apartment block was the architect’s last piece of civic architecture before he fully devoted himself to the construction of his biggest piece of work, Sagrada Família. Gaudí’s initial design had to be slightly altered because it was not entirely complying with the building codes. For instance, the local government refused to approve the installation of an enormous statue of “The Virgin” on top of Casa Mila because in that case, the edifice would significantly exceed the height standard for the city.
The building’s undulating façade often compared to a sea tide is remarkable. The interiors correspond fully to the external appearance due to the lack of right angles and the smooth flow of oval shapes. There is a level of precision and subtlety down to the smallest detail. Gaudí designed himself everything from the building’s structural frame and spatial distribution to the façade ornamentation, internal partitions, and even the images traced in the plaster ceilings of most of the rooms. In the spirit of Art Deco, notable are the hydraulic mosaics and the wrought-iron work of the balconies.
Although Casa Mila was in poor condition until the 1980s, a regeneration process has been started. Now, all the original colour schemes are revived and the house is open to public, housing exhibitions on the first floor and allowing tourist to visit one of the apartments as well as the brick-vault attic and the remarkable sculptured roof. The building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudí" and is now owned by Caixa Catalunya.