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13 Jul 2015

Casa Milà (La Pedrera) | Casa Batlló | Barcelona 1

Barcelona [ 巴塞罗那 ] • 13 JULY 2015
Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value.

Nowadays it is the headquarters of Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation and houses a cultural centre that is a reference point in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.

Casa Milà today is a beacon shining with creation and knowledge, a great container full of content, which has a crucial role to play in the transformation of society and commitment to the people.

The Courtyards
In La Pedrera, Gaudí innovated by joining the small ventilation courtyards in two large areas, in a spectacularly organic manner, which organised the floor plan and optimised light and ventilation. The façades of The Courtyards are a veritable spectacle of forms, light and color. Color is lent by the murals that decorate them, mostly with floral motifs, which also adorn the ceilings and lateral walls of the two entrance lobbies and the main staircase, featuring various scenes with mythological references and polychromatic details.

A visit to Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), a building that is a reference point in world architecture, allows you to understand and gain a deep knowledge of the work of Antoni Gaudí and, in particular, his last civil work, La Pedrera.

A visit to La Pedrera by day covers to different museum areas – the Espai Gaudí and the Pedrera Apartment – which, together with the Provença and Passeig de Gràcia Courtyard, the Exhibition Room and the Roof-Terrace, make up the tour of the building. The Espai Gaudí, in the attic, offers a broad view of his work, showing the most basic traits of his clearly visual and empirical way of understanding architecture through models, audiovisuals and objects. The route around the space is divided into seven areas, one of which is devoted entirely to La Pedrera. The Pedrera Apartment recreates the home and life of a Barcelona bourgeois family of the first third of the twentieth century. It is also now possible to visit the former residence of the Milà family, which houses the Temporary Exhibition Room.

Casa Milà is the only Gaudí interpretation centre in Barcelona devoted to providing an understanding of the work of this architectural genius. A total of 4,500 m2 can be visited, spread over five floors. The only areas that cannot be visited are the private homes and offices that remain in the building.

The audio guide, included in the ticket price of La Pedrera by day, provides information to the visitor about the visitable areas and the main features of the building and the architect Antoni Gaudí.
Available in the following languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and Russian, Chinese and Japanese.

El despertar de la Casa Batlló (Mapping Oficial HD)

Video : La Casa Batlló, obra mestra d'Antoni Gaudí, va celebrar 10 anys de visites culturals i compartir amb tota la ciutat de Barcelona un espectacle audiovisual sorprenent i vibrant, que va revelar totes les simbologies i interpretacions que van inspirar el genial arquitecte a l'hora de crear tan excepcional façana.

La Casa Batlló, obra maestra de Antoni Gaudí, celebró 10 años de visitas culturales y compartió con toda la ciudad de Barcelona un espectáculo audiovisual sorprendente y vibrante, que desveló todas las simbologías e interpretaciones que inspiraron al genial arquitecto a la hora de crear tan excepcional fachada.

Casa Batlló, built between 1904 and 1906 in the heart of the city, is the most emblematic work of the brilliant Catalan architect.

Gaudí gave Casa Batlló a facade that is original, fantastical and full of imagination. He replaced the original facade with a new composition of stone and glass. He ordered the external walls to be redesigned to give them a wavy shape, which was then plastered with lime mortar and covered with a mosaic of fragments of coloured glass and ceramic discs.

Casa Batlló Chair
This elegant chair was designed by Gaudí for the dining room in Casa Batlló. It is one of the first items of furniture to be ergonomically adapted. Its design presents a reduction of the structure to the bare minimum and an adaptation of the shape to the human body, resulting in a high level of comfort. There is a notable lack of straight lines. The wings on the back make the chair easy to move around. The legs are seemingly straight, but in fact they have a slight curvature near the bottom.

Provença, 261 - 265. 08008, Barcelona.
Tel. 902 202 138
Calling hours:
Monday to Friday: from 9am to 10pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: from 10am to 2pm and from 6pm to 10pm

Getting here
Bus: 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17.
Metro: lines 3 and 5, estació Diagonal.
FGC: Provença-La Pedrera.
RENFE: Passeig de Gràcia.

Articles credited to Lapedrera and Casabatllo


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