La Pedrera by day

A visit to Casa Milà, popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’ (the stone quarry), gives us a better understanding and appreciation of architecture and take us to the period when Antoni Gaudí lived. 

The programme 'La Pedrera by day’ includes a visit to the most important parts of the building: the Roof-Terrace, the Espai Gaudí (the attic), an apartment that recreates bourgeois life in the early 20th century, The Courtyards, and the Exhibition Hall, which has a separate direct entrance from the street and is open whenever there is an exhibition.

Guided Tour

A guided tour for groups is available during the day with previous request. This tour includes the same spaces as the free visit to the building and its conducted by the educational team of Casa Milà.

The tour is offered in different languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Russian and Japanese.

For more information and reservations: 902 202 138 or grups@lapedrera.com.

Information about opening hours, rates and audio guides.

 

Throughout the visit we would ask you to respect the rules and indications for the conservation and proper maintenance of Casa Milà, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. To take photographs or make recordings you need to apply for authorisation from the Communication Department of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera. 

 

The parts of the building that can be visited are:

The Roof-Terrace

This unique space, charged with artistic and symbolic force, was designed to fulfil a functional role and bears no semblance to the architecture of its time. The astonishing set of architectural-sculptures placed here falls into three kinds of structures: stairwells, ventilation towers and chimneys. Some are covered with trencadís (ceramic fragments), while elements that are the less visible from the street are only roughcast-rendered and painted. The undulating balustrades conform to the shape of the façade, as Gaudí sought a harmonic solution between the rhythms of the façade and the finishings of the roof. 

By virtue of its spectacular façade and its unique Roof-Terrace, La Pedrera is considered one of the most extraordinary buildings of the twentieth century. 

 

 

The Roof-Terrace of Casa Milà

 

For security reason, the Roof-Terrace will remain closed if raining. It is strictly forbidden to lean on the railings and stone balustrades and to run and jump on the terrace.

Map of the Roof-Terrace of Casa Milà

Espai Gaudí

The Espai Gaudí, located in one of Gaudí's most representative spaces of Gaudinian architecture, the attic of La Pedrera, presents the fundamental aspects of his particular understanding of architecture and design as well as his eminently visual and empirical work. This centre of interpretation introduces the visitor to the life and work of Gaudí through scale models and plans, objects and designs, photographs and videos. The exhibition is divided into seven areas, one of which is entirely given over the La Pedrera.

The attic of the building, originally fitted out for a range of common services (including the laundry and the clothes-drying place), is made up of 270 catenary arches of various heights that support the Roof-Terrace. 

 

Espai Gaudí, the attic, Casa Milà

For purposes of conservation, visitors are kindly requested not touch the objects on display or the projection screens and audiovisual equipment. 

Map of Espai Gaudí, the attic, Casa Milà

The Pedrera Apartment

Located on the fourth floor of the building, the Pedrera Apartment occupies two dwellings. In the first, an audiovisual presents an overview of a key period in the history of Barcelona between the Tragic Week (1909) and the World Fair (1929). The second dwelling has been recreated as the apartment of bourgeois family in the first third of the twentieth century, entirely re-fitted with the original elements that made up an apartment of La Pedrera (door handles, doorknobs, mouldings, doors and tiling). To this end, the original use of each of the rooms has been maintained and decorated with period furniture, works of art, ornaments, fabrics and household accessories that place the apartment in the context of its time and show how it was lived in. 

The Pedrera Apartment shows two aspects of La Pedrera: its architecture and how it was lived in. 
 

The Pedrera Apartment, Casa Milà

 

For purposes of conservation, visitors are kindly requested no to touch the furniture, objects and fabrics on display. 

Map of The Pedrera Apartment, Casa Milà

The Courtyards

In La Pedrera, Gaudí innovated by joining the small ventilation courtyards in two large areas, in a spectacularly organic manner, which organised the floor plan and optimised light and ventilation. The façades of The Courtyards are a veritable spectacle of forms, light and color. Color is lent by the murals that decorate them, mostly with floral motifs, which also adorn the ceilings and lateral walls of the two entrance lobbies and the main staircase, featuring various scenes with mythological references and polychromatic details.

Still living in the heart of the building. A show of shapes, light and colors.

The Courtyards, Casa Milà
Map of the The Courtyards, Casa Milà

Exhibition Hall

The main floor is the former residence of the Milà's. It was opened as an exhibition hall in 1992. The vestibule staircase, with its strips of twisted wrought-ironwork, is decorated with mural paintings that in some places reflect Gaudí's trencadís hallmark. Although this floor conserves few of the original elements, as Mrs Milà had most the decor changed after Gaudí's death, some of the sculpted stone columns still bear ornamental motifs and inscriptions, as well as some fragments of the ceiling, which interplay with the idea of lending continuity to the undulating rhythms of the façade. 

It can be visited during exhibitions.
 

The Exhibition Hall, with a surface space of some 1,300m2, allows the visitors to observe the open-floor plan used by Gaudí.  

 

Exhibition Hall, Casa Milà

 

For purposes of conservation, visitors are kindly requested not to touch the works of art and the objects on display. 

 
 
 
 
Map of the Exhibition Hall, Casa Milà

General regulations

This is a heritage building. We would ask you to behave and dress appropriately. The right of admission is reserved. Children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult. We would ask you to take care of the conservation and proper maintenance of La Pedrera, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, by following these indications: it is strictly forbidden to smoke, eat or bring animals into the building (except guide dogs). Flash photography, tripods, rucksacks and mobile phones are prohibited. Visitors are asked to refrain from touching the works of art and objects on display, walking barefoot, running and pushing. Please do not hinder the movement of other visitors, cause crowding, block accesses, sit on staircases, speak loudly or litter, especially from the roof-top terraces to the courtyards. Failure to comply with these regulations will lead to immediate expulsion from the building. Photographing or filming La Pedrera for commercial ends requires special authorisation, which can be requested from the Communication Department of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera. Publication of any print, audiovisual or computer-generated material will be subject to legal action. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Casa Milà, popularly known as «La Pedrera» (the stone quarry), an ironic allusion to the resemblance of its façade to an open quarry, was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value has received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value. Nowadays is the headquarters of Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and houses a cultural centre that is a reference in Barcelona for the range of activities it organises and the different spaces for exhibitions and other public uses it contains.              

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