La Pedrera or Casa Milà: controversy in the work of Gaudí
La Pedrera is one of the most important modernist works in the city of Barcelona. Together with Parc Güell, Sagrada Família and other monuments, Antoni Gaudí left his print shop in the Catalan capital.
On this occasion we wanted to make tourists in our own city and go to see La Pedrera. During the visit we could see the terrace (one of the most outstanding elements of the building), the attic and a flat of La Pedrera. But before explaining how it was, we first want you to know how it became the work that is today.
Gaudí reached an agreement with the Milan family to build it, but they did not emerge more than problems for the architect of Reus. During the construction, the City Council stopped the works alleging that it exceeded the height limit of a building in its situation. Until monumental construction was declared, it was not possible to continue building.
In Pedrera, despite being one of the best works of Gaudí, it has not always been seen with good eyes. Once built the locals did not like it. They stopped speaking with the Milan family, as they said that the construction of La Pedrera would lower the price of housing in that area.
Gaudí had problems with the Milan family, with which he ended up judging that he had paid less than he was playing. Gaudí ended up winning and gave this money to charity, because he just wanted to do things right, they did not care about the money.
Many years later, having undergone the Civil War and many hardships we have a restored and admired Pedrera for all. People from all over the world visited each day and we did not want to be less. We wanted to know what Gaudí’s work was like inside, so we took a guided tour.
Terrassa de la Pedrera
The guided tour of La Pedrera begins on the terrace. We were fortunate to upload the first ones and to admire it totally alone. The elements that stand out are chimneys and air outlets. Gaudí had determined that these elements, common to all terraces, were ugly and functional, and wanted to create art where nobody had done it before.
The terrace has many slopes and steps. At the time the La Pedrera was built, it was a strange building that had no straight lines. We can think that, as modernism is inspired by nature, Gaudí wanted to represent the building as a mountain. It has already been compared to La Pedrera with the mountain of Montserrat, and it is certain that Gaudí was inspired.
The attic of La Pedrera
The terrace we liked so much that it cost us to continue with the route. To continue low steps to the Golfes de la Pedrera. The darkness invaded us and it took us a few seconds to get used to the new light. In the Golfes de la Pedrera we find Gaudi Space, an exhibition where we find models, furniture and explanations of the architect’s work.
In this area were the shelves and laundry of the houses, but it is one of the places with more dynamism of the building. It is made up of brick arches of different heights (remember the unevenness of the terrace?). In total there are 270 arches in the attic of La Pedrera, each of a different height and size. These unequal forms made us imagine that instead of being inert brick it was a living being. They could be the ribs of a dragon and that we were inside. Gaudí, if that was your intention, chapeau!
Flat of La Pedrera
The visit has its third and last space to visit a flat below, where we find a floor of the bourgeoisie of the 20th century. We liked the floor being furnished, since in other similar exhibitions you find empty rooms and you have to imagine what was in the era when people lived. The floors had natural light in most rooms, thanks to the interior courtyard designed by Gaudí.
Inside the floor we saw spaces such as the service area, where the finishes were more rudimentary, and the area of the gentlemen, with better finishes and furniture.
Modernist, the little thing we could see on this floor was the balconies, which could not be left, and the floor of some rooms. This land was made with the best known tiles of Gaudí, those that are shaped like hexagon and floral motifs. These modernists were serious about putting nature everywhere!
These floors of the time had some things that today we find normal, but then they were very innovative. They parked the car of horses in the underground of the building. In addition, the building was constructed with beams and pillars that made the internal distribution of the floors completely free. In addition, the façade should not have been burdened to withstand the weight of the building.
Modernism made places like this building more than just building a place to live. Finish constructing a work of art, first criticized, then accepted and finally admired. It took years to rate l