Casa Milà (“La Pedrera”)

Casa Milà (“La Pedrera”)

1906

This house is located on a vast plot on the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and Provença. Mr. and Mrs. Milà awarded the project to Gaudí, who at the age of 54 was at the height of his career. As a result, the architect hoped to work with complete creative liberty; however, he found himself fettered by the demands of reducing costs and construction risks.

This is an innovative work in terms of its structure, but it gave rise to very controversial opinions. Misunderstood in its early stages, it was given the nickname of “La Pedrera”, meaning quarry, which it was thought to resemble.
Its freestanding facade is supported by its own structure which is independent of the rest of the building. Laid out around two huge building wells, light is able to enter every corner of the house. The attic is of great interest, being a single open-plan space without any internal walls or divisions, and featuring a series of 270 catenary arches. The roof terrace is also worthy of note, as it is a world of shapes and textures composed of chimneys, ventilation towers, and many other features.