Casa Mila Barcelona: La Pedrera

Casa Mila SpainThe Casa Mila is a unique and attractive apartment building located at 92, Passeig de Gracia in the Eixample district of the city of Barcelona in Spain. This captivating architectural masterpiece was the work of well-known Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. The Casa Mila has been considered among the works of the revered architect to be considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Casa Mila is also popularly known as the La Pedrera or "the Quarry" mainly because of the building’s cliff-like walls. The Casa Mila stands on an asymmetrical lot and took about six years to construct. The building was built in the years 1906 to 1912. This unique building is known for its surrealistic look and design, typical of the crazy imaginations of its architect, Antonio Gaudi. It was designed and built by Gaudi for a wealthy married couple Rosario Segimon and Pere Mila.

There have been various theories as to what inspired Gaudi to design the building as such. Some say that the famous architect was inspired to instill the character of ocean waves into the building characteristic of its rippled stone facade and curved balconies. Others say that Gaudi wanted it to look like a mountain in the midst of other man made buildings in the area. No matter what inspired Gaudi to design the Casa Mila, it truly became quite an arresting presence.

The Casa Mila is considered as one of Gaudi’s most identifiable and unique masterpieces. People seem quite in a difficulty trying to describe how it looks. Some say that it resembles the honeycombed structure of a beehive. Some say, upon seeing the unique building, that it looks like a sand castle in terms of its texture that is on the verge of collapse. The fanciful aura that this Gaudi building evokes wasn’t as accepted then as it is today.

When the building was nearing completion sometime in 1911, it received rather a less enthusiastic response. Fast forward into current times, the Casa Mila has become quite a masterpiece in terms of design and form. It has also become one of Barcelona’s must-see attractions, a building that seem to spring out of fantasy.

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