Casa Milà, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Milà, Barcelona, Spain

The sand-colored façade of Casa Milà — built as apartments and now housing offices — is subdued for Gaudí, but the twisted pillars on the roof are eye-catching, and partly why this building represents a structural breakthrough for the architect. The visitable space includes a majestic internal courtyard, roof, and Espai Gaudí, an attic showcasing models and plans of Gaudí’s buildings.

Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera or “The stone quarry”, a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and was built between 1906 and 1912.

The building was commissioned in 1906 by Pere Milà and his wife Roser Segimon. At the time, it was controversial because of its undulating stone facade, twisting wrought iron balconies and designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Several structural innovations include a self-supporting stone façade, and a free-plan floor, underground garage and the spectacular on the roof-terrace.

In 1984, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.