One hundred years ago this week, the doors of Casa Milà, one of Antoni Gaudí’s most audacious works, opened on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. Commissioned by one of Barcelona’s wealthiest families as a family home, the house was nicknamed ‘La Pedrera’ (quarry) for the texture of stone that is everywhere. Any Gaudí building is freighted with myth and meaning—such as this chimney group in a startling terrace roof garden.
I found La Pedrera to be a lot of fun to visit, and highly recommend a stop here on any Barcelona itinerary.
Waves of stone
Today, La Pedrera is headquarters to the Fundació Caixa Catalunya. It serves as a culture center and provides a dramatic backdrop to exhibitions and other public events. The building was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
Happy birthday, Casa Milà!
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La Pedrera is my favorite Gaudí building. What is yours?