We walked over to Gaudi’s Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, this afternoon. It’s huge, but not all on display.
Open for viewing are portions of the ground floor, the rooftop tower garden, the attic, and one of the residential apartments, preserved like a museum. The views from the top go on forever, in all directions. Click any of these images to enlarge.
The landscape and feel of the untiled towers would be very familiar to anyone from the American southwest; weathered sandstone, wind- and water-sculpted forms.
The interior spaces are very formal, classic, and a mix of offices and apartments.
Above, the entry gates, modelled after a seed head, below, the formal dining room in the apartment.
The sheers at the windows are exquisite; handmade lace.
The attic is a series of stations, scattered amongst the web of catenary arches, showing details and models of not only Casa Milà, but other Gaudi works in Barcelona.
They have a display of hanging chains, with a mirror below to show the strength forms, but sadly do not divulge (unless in the audio portion, which I cannot bear) how Gaudi used the hanging forms, with weights, to calculate the load on the arches; this was a senseless waste of an opportunity.
But the display was beautiful.