Casa Milà (La Pedrera)

Modernist Design in the Centre of Barcelona

Casa Milà is also known as La Pedrera which means the quarry. This incredible building of Modernist design was the last work designed by Antoni Gaudi, it was completed in 1912.

Originally commissioned by local businessman Pere Milà i Camps the building caused quite a stir in the city. Pere Milà was a developer also known for his flamboyant style and the structure became controversial due to the undulating stone façade and the odd shaped windows which were designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Homeowners in the area became angry and argued that the design of the building would lower the land and property prices in the area – now it is one of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona. The building is the headquarters of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation which manages all of the exhibitions, public visits and activities which are undertaken at the Casa Milà site.

In 1984 this incredible building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, situated centrally, it is well worth stopping by when you are in Barcelona.