La Pedrera: Gaudi’s Last Civil Work

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La Pedrera in Barcelona

The first photo of the Travelogged logo — the photo that the T sits on — is one of the decorative touches on the rooftop of Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo. So it’s no secret that I’m a big Gaudi fan and a big Barcelona fan. Actually, make that a huge fan of Spain in general, especially with my most recent trip to Seville.

I’ve written about Casa Battlo, La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. And now it’s time for La Pedrera, aka Casa Mila, which is Gaudi’s final civil work. It was completed in 1912, and refurbished in the 1980s. It was the last Gaudi that I visited, and I’m so glad I did. It would be a shame to miss any of the Gaudi works while you’re in Barcelona.

The facade of the building looks like it’s in motion, almost as it’s undulating. The wrought iron balconies resemble batches of leaves or seaweed, although there are some recognizable shapes such as birds. Gaudi took a lot of his inspiration from nature.

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Designed as a residential building, La Pedrera appears much larger than it actually is. It has two internal courtyards.

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The exterior of the building, as well as the rooftop, has neutral tones. But some of the interior walls are quite colorful.

casa mila roof

The best part of the building is definitely the rooftop. This isn’t just a crazy sculpture garden, but functional chimneys and ventilation shafts given the Gaudi treatment.

la pedrera mosaic

Some of La Pedrera’s rooftop structures look like people, while others remind me of chess pieces.

view of la sagrada familia
The building is only five stories high, but that’s tall enough to give visitors sprawling vistas of Barcelona. Check out the view of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia.

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2 Responses to La Pedrera: Gaudi’s Last Civil Work

  1. Lauren, Ephemerratic May 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    La Pedrera was a highlight of Barcelona for me, except for the jarringly ugly fences they’d put up. I’m all for safety, but with all the money coming in from entrance fees, you’d think the building managers could have splurged on something less obtrusive. Years later this still bothers me!
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  2. Jacob
    Twitter: jacobleebane
    September 29, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    We did some thing of a Gaudi tour last year and discovered some of his earlier work outside Barcelona. Guell Cellar on the C-32 around 30km south of Barca was a great find and another (which really surprised us) was his Episcopal Palace in Astorga –
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