To see Antonio Gaudi’s genius in all its finished glory (La Sagrada Familia is still under construction) we take aficionados of his work go to La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milá, on all our Barcelona Tours.
Built for the Milá family between 1906 and 1910 on Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona, La Pedrera is one of the most imaginative residential buildings ever built. The façade of La Pedrera is made of harmoniously undulating rock formations that culminate at the top with strange and colorful sea-shell like formations and statues which are actually chimneys for the apartments below. Flowing vines were forged out of iron for the balcony guards of each apartment. Each apartment in La Pedrera is supported by traditional Catalan “totxo” (brick) arching walls that Gaudi often incorporated into his unique designs.
On top of being an extremely influential work in the world of architecture, La Pedrera is significant in the design world in general because of the ergonomic innovations made for this building as well because of his interior decoration. Door knobs were made to fit the hand, lounge chairs and benches flow with the body and even resemble sometimes, as in the case of one bench with a somewhat pelvis-shaped back. You won’t be able to use any of them unfortunately, but your body will find itself in heaven wandering its halls nonetheless. When you’ve gotten to the top of La Pedrera , try to time it so that you can see the sun go down over a panoramic view of the entire city to make your trip perfect.
Why not discover the history of Gaudi for yourself and learn from our expert local guide on our Culinary and Art tour of Northern Spain where you will discover the rich history of art from Picasso to Gaudi and Dali and marvel at the architectural legacy of Gothic cathedrals and ancient Greek ruins (as well as tasting some of the most delicious food and wine in Spain!)