Language variant : Milà House
Architect : Gaudi, Antonio
Locality : Barcelona
Country : Spain
Building style : Jugend/Art Nouveau
Project on the map (green arrow)
The Casa Mila rises up like a great rocky massif and Barcelonans call it “la Pedrera” (quarry).
Gaudi conceived a system to save the materials. He substituted the load-bearing walls by a system of beams and columns, taking care down to the last detail with the joints in order to be able to reduce their size in section. The Facade is heavy in appearance but in fact made up of thin plates of limestone. The undulant forms of the fronts, which are often compared with the waves of the ocean, have correspondences inside the building, where right angles disappear: there are no irremovable walls and the detail work is calculated down to the last millimeter.
Cuito, Aurora & Montes, Cristina: Antoni Gaudi. teNeus Publishing Company 2003, p. 61. (English translation)
Casa Mila was built immediately after the Casa Battlo, with which it has certain similarities. The facade was constructed completely of stone; stonemasons made finishing touches on site.
“When we look at its exterior of stone and iron, its courtyards, roof and chimneys...we see space and volume forever playing against the light in unforgettable and unrepeatable conjunctions.”
Josep M. Botey: Inside Barcelona. Discovering Barcelona’s classic interiors. Phaidon Press 1992, p. 110.
Antonio Gaudi built some unconventional residences, whose design caused much controversy. Each floor of the five-storied house symbolizes a secret of the Rosary. Gaudi was also responsible for the remarkable wrought-iron balcony.
Spain. A Phaidon Cultural Guide. 1985, p. 106.
Ed. Heikki Nikkinen