Casa Milà - La Pedrera
Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera, is one of the visionary masterpieces of the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. It was built between 1905 and 1910, it was considered officially completed in 1912.
Pedro Milà i Camps, a rich businessman, was impressed by the Casa Batlló, an expressionist building designed by Gaudí. He commissioned Gaudí to construct an apartment building on a corner site at the Passeig de Gràcia, in the Eixample district.
It breaks with traditional architecture by using not a single straight line. The building does not use load-bearing walls, but rest on pillars and arches. Together with the use of steel, it allowed the architect to create completely irregular floor plans. Even the height of the pillars and ceilings differ from one to another.
Gaudí wanted the people who lived in its flats to know each other. Therefore, lifts were placed on every two floors, in order to push people to communicate with one another. The building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as "Works of Antoni Gaudí".
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