Antoni Gaudi was prolific. Barcelona is dotted with his exotic constructions. Even after 2 visits to the city we haven’t managed to see them all.
One of the Gaudi buildings open to the public is La Pedrera, the magnificent apartments in the heart of the city. It was the last civil work designed by Gaudi and was built between 1906 and 1910 for Roser Segimon and her husband Pere Mila on the corner of the very fashionable Passeig de Gracia and Provence.
It was actually called Casa Mila, but popularly known as La Pedrera, “The Quarry”. The couple had their home on one floor and the others were rented. Pere died in 1940 and Roser continued to live on the main floor until her death in 1964, despite having sold the building in 1946.
It fell into disrepair but was restored after being bought be Caixa de Catalunya in 1986.
Now it is possible to visit parts of the building including an apartment which has been furnished with furniture of the period.
The building is structured around 2 courtyards that provide light to the 9 levels.
The shape of the exterior continues to the exterior, which caused friction between Gaudi and Mrs Mila. She complained there was no straight wall to place her Steinway piano. Gaudi’s response was “So play the violin”.
The apartment is a delight. I could happily move in any time.
The attic, where the laundry rooms were located, was a clear room under a Catalan vault roof supported by 270 parabolic vaults.
One of the most interesting parts of the building is the roof. It is crowned with skylights, staircase exits, fans and chimneys. The gorgeous sculptures have specific function.
The view from the roof is excellent.
There is an outdoor cafe at the base of the apartments, which we were disappointed to discover was full. It turned out to be a lucky thing because we found the stunning indoor version up a few steps.
The restaurant is very elegant and we thought the food would be expensive. We were delighted to find the 3 course lunch being offered for €18. It was beautifully presented as well as being delicious.
Of special note was a dessert with a thin toffee presented on an easel like a piece of art. We didn’t order it, but when it arrived at the table next to us the diners saw our interest and offered us a taste. It was flavoured with violets.
Our kind waiter also saw our interest and brought us one of our own.
We enjoyed our Gaudi day. Barcelona is full of amazing things…we will return.