January 7, 2012

0 Barcelona: Casa Milá or La Pedrera

Casa Milá was designed and built by Antoni Gaudí from 1905-1910, with additional elements by Josep Maria Jujol.   A series of lavish apartments, Casa Milá is probably best known for it's roof elements. 
The tour was €14 each, which was pricey, but I was pleased with all that was included.

One of the ground floor doors.

The tour led us first to the roof, to enjoy the Whoville-like design.

Those green mosaic bits are broken glass from bottles. 

Barcelona skyline, including La Sagrada Familia.

The tour then continues to the attic where there a display of some of Gaudí's models.  It was interesting, but the next level's display apartment was much more interesting.  It is decorated in 1910s-20s fashion, but what struck my fancy was the wide, open spaces.  The apartment covers half of the floor, and the building is built around a central courtyard- so each apartment is roughly half a circle.  
The door to the display apartment.  

The doors inside the apartment are all either very wide or double pocket doors- allowing nearly half the living space to be opened up into one large, flowing area.  

This apartment actually interested me in Gaudí's design far more than his dramatic colors and striking organic shapes, as fascinating as they are.  I really liked the flow of the apartment, so it was a great additional dimension of Gaudi to me!

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