Casa Mila

It is a modernist type building, popularly known as “la pedrera” (the quarry, in Catalan), designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, located in Barcelona. Construction took six years to complete, from 1906 to 1912, and was carried out at the request of the married couple made up of Pere Milà i Camps, a prominent native businessman from Barcelona, ​​and Roser Segimon i Artells. It was opened to the public in 1987, and since then it has received 20 million inhabitants, 1 million per year, on average; From this, it has become one of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona, ​​as well as one of the most visited.

It is located in the Ensanche District (Eixample, in Catalan), specifically on Paseo de Gracia. This area, during the time of construction, was where the richest in the city decided to build their homes, with facades never seen before and luxurious decorations. It is a stately home, entrusted to the architect Gaudí, who enjoyed great renown, by Pere Milà i Camps and his wife, who enjoyed an outstanding financial and social position. Milà’s vision was that of a large building, whose main floor was his residence; Gaudí satisfied this wish; however, around 1909, he would abandon the direction of the project, due to differences with Milà regarding the decoration of the place. Finally, Gaudí had to take the developer to court, so that he could pay his fees (105,000 pesetas).

The site where it was built is 34 by 56 meters, with a surface area of ​​1,835 m2; It consists of 6 floors, two interior patios, an attic, a basement and a roof terrace, as well as two independent buildings, which only communicate with the rest of the house through the ground floor. It was declared in 1966 as a National Historic-Artistic Monument, as well as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 1986, Caixa de Catalunya bought it, and carried out a series of conservation and restoration processes on the property; in 1987 it opened its doors to the public.