Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gaudí's Casa Milà...

Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value.

The building was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. At the time, it was controversial because of its undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies and windows designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Several structural innovations are present, which include a self-supporting stone front and columns and floors free of load-bearing walls as well as the underground garage and sculptural elements on the roof