One may ask what so different about the rooftop in Casa Mila. The average tourist may think it’s just another one of many Gaudi’s building in Barcelona with steep entrance ticket, priced at 20 Euros. But only if you have been there (rooftop) would you know that it’s an unusual world out there.
Most tourists in Barcelona, Spain visit the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell to see the genius – Antoni Gaudi’s work. But Casa Mila is a building not to be missed when in Barcelona. Designed by Gaudi and also known as La Pedrera, it was built during the year 1906-1912 for a wealthy couple as their residential home. It was only later that the building became famous for its creative design and unique architecture and in 1984 was designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The building is still in use and people live here. Part of the building (interiors and rooftop) is open to the public.
Gaudi’s signature can be seen in so many aspect of the building. The tourist brochure has a detailed literature on every aspect – exterior, facades, lofts, hallway, doors, furniture, stairway, lifts, rooms, ceiling, floors etc.
But the rooftop is a straight one-way ticket to the magic world of his creative mind and I was intrigued by it. There are various chimneys and ventilation towers designed differently as if taking shape and form of some beings and it feels like being somewhere in outer space.
What could Gaudi have been thinking of, to design Chimneys (something that is not given much thought by anyone) in such a way. It demonstrates eye for detail, using structure to express creativity and his ability to create inspiring space (even on a rooftop).
When you are up there you are amazed by the different possibilities. You are propelled to ask why should things be the way they are. You are inspired to create new things, to think beyond what is taught.
On a beautiful evening in chilly November I was left speechless because it’s one rooftop with sky as the limit to your imagination!
• There are long lines at the entrance of architectural students and Gaudi fans.
• There is an entrance ticket and the audio tour is additional (would recommend the audio tour, it gives the story behind every aspect of the building).
• If your using the hop on hop off bus - With the city map there are various discount coupons on admission tickets, do not forget to use them!