La Pedrera (Casa Milà) by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain - Stock …
La Pedrera (Casa Milà) by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain - Stock …
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Description
La Pedrera (meaning the “The Quarry”) or Casa Milà is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built during the years 1905–1910, being considered officially completed in 1912. It is located at 92, Passeig de Gràcia in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

It was a controversial design at the time for the bold forms of the undulating stone facade and wrought iron decoration of the balconies and windows, designed largely by Josep Maria Jujol, who also created some of the plaster ceilings.

Architecturally it is considered an innovative work for its steel structure and curtain walls – the façade is self-supporting. Other innovative elements were the construction of underground car parking and separate lifts and stairs for the owners and their servants.

Besides the undulating façade, this work stands out because of its attic and its roof. Gaudí constructed a series of catenary arches of various heights according to the widths of the bay. These arches sustain the walls of the exterior and interior façades of the attic at the sides, and the staggered roof above. The roof is curious because it is replete with strangely shaped chimneys and ventilators.

In 1984, it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe.
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