Friday, January 25, 2013

Casa Milá, My Favourite Museum in Barcelona. Part 1


Casa Milá in Barcelona, also known as La Pedrera, was the first museum I entered in Barcelona, and also the one that stuck with me as my favourite in the city. Having been fascinated with Gaudí for as long as I can remember it was big to finally be in the city that had been his playground. Scattered all around the city, I suddenly had access to see, admire and enter several of his big works.
(Like, La Sagrada Familia, and Parque Guell.) 


What's so special about Casa Milá? Well, first of all I should explain the nick name,  La Pedrera. 
It literally means the Quarry. 


When it was built (from 1905-1910) the locals didn't care much for it. It was an unusual, strange and very untraditional design at the time, with it's flowing structure (no corners) 
and wrought iron decoration of the  balconies.



The exterior mimics the flowing waves of the sea. 


Casa Milá was decleared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1984.



Fun-fact: Gaudí wanted the people living in the flats to know each other, 
and not be all big city anonymous. So, he designed it to just have lifts on every second floor, 
so that people would run into each other and actually communicate.


It's actually an apartment building, and people live there. However, one apartment has been opened to the public as part of the museum, and you get to see how it looked back when the apartments were finished. The loft is also a big exhibition with lots of info on Gaudí and his other work as well. 

Here you can see pictures from the inside of Casa Milá, from the apartment that has been decorated like it originally was, the loft, and the beautiful rooftop terrace (where the first picture in this post is from).
I love this, cause it's just so unique, special and different.

Casa Milá is located at Passeig de Gracia 92, 
just a short walk from Plaza Catalunya

15 comments:

  1. I LOVE Gaudi. The way his mind worked, and what he created is just amazing. This has been added to my list for next time. And I love that fun fact! What a great idea!

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  2. always, when I am watching buildings like this I am thinking about people lucky enough(?) to live there... many times i ve tried to imagine how is they lifr, what they do, when they work...

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    1. Me too!! Imagine being the one living in one of those buildings...

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  3. You know I've been there. Yet, I can't wait to see part 2 :)

    Enjoy!

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  4. When I look at your pictures, I just want to go there immediately!! :)

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  5. Hi there, just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog and that you're doing a great job :) Keep up the good work ! By the way can you recommend other blogs that are similar to yours about the life in Spain ?

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! For blogs about Spain I would recommend you have a look at the blog directory at expat-blog.com, lots of blogs at one page and a great way to discover new good ones!

      http://www.expat-blog.com/en/directory/europe/spain/

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  6. Exquisite architectural designs! Especially with those exterior mimics the flowing waves of the sea. Maybe if the legaspi village apartment also has some sort of this design, many people wouldn’t hesitate to inquire about the place.

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    1. It's so unique and so beautiful. I would love to live in a building like this one!

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  7. Looks like a good place to live in! I’m actually looking for a new place right now, because my old place has water leak problems, I just hope I can’t encounter the same problem if I happen to transfer here.

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  8. I went there too during my vacation to Barcelona and I agree, it was magnificent! My friend's apartment was just a few minutes drive from there so it was the first place she took me when we went on a tour.

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    1. Great choice! I always took friends there when they came visiting as well, can't visit Barcelona without at least seeing it on the outside!

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