Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the architect’s last civic architectural project. It is a unique building, a masterpiece of nature that reveals Gaudi’s boundless imagination.
La Pedrera is also the only Gaudí interpretation centre in Barcelona and is an essential place to visit in order to learn about the architect’s entire body of work and his inspiration. In total, you will tour 4,500 square metres divided across five floors.
This tour, which you can follow at your own pace with an audio guide to provide you with comprehensive information to understand the mind of a genious which techniques even now are still impossibleand unique to recreate. The different areas that has the building are: the iconic Roof-terrace, with its spectacular stairwells and chimneys; the Espai Gaudi, the former laundry area located in the attic; the Pedrera Apartment, which recreates the life of a Barcelona bourgeois family in the opening 30 years or so of the 20th century; the Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer de Provença Courtyards where the building is; and the Exhibition room, situated on the main floor, the former residence of the Milas.
La Pedrera is one of the most beautiful buildings you will find in the famous avenue Passeig de Gràcia. Its wavy shapes and its aspect of stone construction broke all mold in its time and in the current era. An originality that could only be the work of an innovative mind like Antoni Gaudí
What will you see?
La Pedrera (‘quarry’ in English) is named after its spectacular stone façade. Like a vast wave rising up in the heart of Passeig de Gràcia, it is a huge work of sculpture, 30 metres high and 84 metres long. Gaudí made this building using countless recycled elements and creativity.
The Roof-terrace of Casa Mila is an icon of Barcelona that offers spectacular views of the city. The stairwells rise up like forces of nature while the chimneys, look like guardians of the building.
The Espai Gaudí
The attic is the most characterful space in Gaudi’s architecture. Once again, nature is present, represented in the 270 catenary arches that suggest the skeleton of a whale. In addition, this magical space is home to the only exhibition devoted to Gaudí.
The Pedrera Apartment
Situated on the fourth storey above the main floor, this apartment shows how a bourgeois family in Barcelona lived in the opening 30 years or so of the 20th century. The visit is complemented by a video that reveals the rapid transformation and modernisation of the city of Barcelona during the first quarter of the 20th century.
Colour springs to life in the courtyards of Casa Milà. The walls are a veritable display of shapes, light and colours that contrast with the white of the façade.
The exhibition room
The main floor was given over to the apartment of the Milàs, the first owners of the building and the people who commissioned Gaudí to design it. This apartment contains few of the original features. *Please note, this space is not open to visitors on days when exhibitions are being installed or dismantled.