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September 8, 2011

That Curious Casa Milà

IT'S THAT OTHER, BIGGER biomorphic structure along Passeig de Gràcia by Gaudí. With the undulating facade, the forged iron rails, peculiar sculptures up top and hordes of tourists down the bottom, you can't really miss it unless you try. Or get distracted by luxury shops on the way.

Casa Milà, or La Pedrera, was built in 1905 for couple Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. It was officially completed in 1912 and after decades of poor maintenance, underwent major restoration beginning in the 1980's.

Spectacular as it is, Casa Milà looks a bit like a horror movie in the making. And with lifts opening only on every second floor, Gaudí's intention for frequent interaction between flatmates may just inspire suspenseful sequences of spooky neighbors getting all too familiar.

!Que horror! I would say. Except now it sounds more like a comedy.

La Pedrera, Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona. Photos by Lady San Pedro.