Gaudi Casa Mila or “La Pedrera” Lagniappe

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This lagniappe post is a visit to the rooftop of the Gaudi Casa Mila or “La Pedrera” in Barcelona.

You might remember the post that we did back in February 2017 featuring Gaudi’s Park Guell. You can find it here. Rebecca at Artsy found it and reached out to us after reading the post

Here at With the Barretts, beautiful things – architecture, furnishings, art, nature – mean a great deal to us. So, Debra and I were delighted that  Rebecca found our post and wanted to make sure that we had seen Artsy’s Gaudi page. Please go take a look at it here. This post is our way of saying “Thanks” to Rebecca and Artsy for helping make art accessible to everyone. Is that a great mission, or what?

Gaudi Casa Mila or “La Pedrera”

Casa Mila RooftopGaudi’s spectacular apartment building, Casa Mila – colloquially known as “La Pedrera” – was mostly closed for interior renovation when we visited in 2014 but the rooftop was more than worth the effort and price of admission.  As with many – even most – Gaudi sites, it feels like an alien landscape, complete with otherworldly sentinels:

"Sentinel" ventstacksThe structures are unpredictable, both as to shape and as to material.

Glass-capped towersThey invite you to indulge your whimsical side.

Debra following the lines
Debra following the lines – you get an idea of the scale

The archway shown below frames the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, a spectacular church at the summit of Mount Tibidabo, just outside of Barcelona.Archway framing Mount Tibidabo

Obviously, Gaudi planned this. Remember that he was also perpetually working on his yet-to-be-completed temple, La Sagrada Familia (you can take a virtual tour of this incredible structure here). Perhaps this was his way of tipping his hat to the more traditional but impressive architecture of Sagrat Cor.

Much More Gaudi in Future Posts

We’ll return to Gaudi in future posts, I promise. For now, however, we’ll say hasta mas tardes, and invite you again to visit Artsy’s Gaudi page, here.

Thanks, again, to Rebecca for coming along With the Barretts and for reaching out.

And thanks to you! You’re the reason we do this, after all.

Here’s continuing to hope that 2018 is your most wonderful year yet!

Best –

Dan

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