Casa Mila

Antoni Gaudí's Casa Milà

Casa Milà was built by Antoni Gaudí from 1906 to 1910

Barcelona, Spain
Kasper Christiansen
Text & photos: Kasper Christiansen
6th of April, 2020 (revised version)

With the construction of the Casa Mila, Gaudí's career reached a new climax. With this building the use of glazed tiles and the undulating movement in the structure for appears for the first time fully in the architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

Fresco on Casa Mila
Sculptures on the roof of Casa Mila. The sculptures are hollow and contains the stair leading down to the next floor.

Casa Milà - the history behind the building

At Passeig de Gracia, a little further up than where Casa Battló lies, you will find one of the most exciting of Gaudí's buildings, paid for by one of Barcelona's most wealthy people shortly after the turn of the century. Casa Mila (1906-1910) is currently a museum and so one can visit both the old apartment, the impressive attic and roof top.

Even the roof is an architectural masterpiece…

The building has several features in common with Casa Batlló. Among other things, the fact that Gaudí’s ornamented style manifested itself on the roof of the building. The roof is a fascinating sculpture park that at the same functions as ventilation for the apartments.
Staircase in Casa Milà
Staircase in Casa Milà

A new architectural style takes over

After the building was finished people at Gaudí's time gave Casa Milà several nicknames. One of the, the quarry (La Pedrera) is still used about the building. These nick names reflect the fact that modernism was starting to get unpopular immediately after the turn of the century. The heavily ornamented style of the local Art Nouveau did not satisfy the taste of people in Barcelona and new architectural trends started to become popular in architecture.

One of these movements were functionalism. The contrast between functionalism and the architecture of Gaudí is striking. Gaudí's architecture uses ornamentation all over, while the straight lines and angles of functionalism can be seen as the opposite.

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