Barcelona’s Swervy, Curvy Architecture

Today, we visited la Casa Mila y Passeig de Gracia. I actually live right off of Gracia, so I have seen many of

Casa Mila

Casa Mila

the modernist buildings and some of Gaudi‘s work, such as the Casa Mila. But, this was my first time going inside…

Also called La Pedrera or “the stone house,” Gaudi built part of it to be Mila’s house, a very famous journalist who actually owned the first car ever in Barcelona.

Therefore, Gaudi also designed for him the very first driveway and garage in the area.

The stones used and the curves of the building make La Pedrera look like it belongs in the sea, like many of Gaudi’s buildings do.

The colors are aqua-like shades of blues, greens, turquoises and some reds.

Farther up the building is a showcase of early ergonomic furniture and videos that give insight into how Gaudi got the ideas to create what he did. Fascinating suff.

On the roof of Casa Mila

On the roof of Casa Mila

Further down Passeig de Gracia are more modernist buildings including Gaudi’s Casa Batlo, which I still have not been inside of yet.

It has a rooftop reminiscent of a dragon to recount the tale of the knight that slew a dragon to keep the king’s daughter from being fed to it.

Casa Batlo

Casa Batlo

Original journal entry Thursday, September 13, 2007

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