Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá, Barcelona

House conceived of as a constant curve, both outside and inside;
photo-reportage by Wiesław Sadurski.


Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá, Front of the building, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá, Front of the building

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá, Detail of an original balcony, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá, Detail of an original balcony

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá chimneys, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá chimneys

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá chimneys known as witch scarers, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá chimneys known as witch scarers

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá chimneys known as witch scarers, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá chimneys, witch scarers

The building is a unique entity, where the shape of the exterior continues to the interior. The apartments feature ceilings with plaster reliefs of great dynamism, handcrafted wooden doors, windows, and furniture, and the design of the hydraulic pavement and different ornamental elements.

The stairways were intended for services, in that access to housing was by elevator except for the noble floor, where Gaudí added a staircase of a particular configuration.
Gaudí wanted the people who lived in the flats to all know each other. Therefore there were only lifts on every second floor so people had to communicate with one another on different floors.

Casa Milà consists of two buildings, arranged around courtyards, which provide light on nine levels. The layout has the shape of an asymmetric "figure eight" due to the different shape and size of the courtyards.

Gaudí started his sketches in his workshop at the Sagrada Familia; he thought of the house as a constant curve, inside and out, combining formal geometry and naturalistic elements.

The most important part of the building is the roof topped with skylights, staircase exits, fans and chimneys. These elements, built of a drum covered with limestone, broken marble or glass, fulfill a specific architectural function, but have become real sculptures integrated into the building.


Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá courtyard, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá courtyard

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá street view, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá street view

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá chimney, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá chimney

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá Glass tower on the roof, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Glass Tower on the roof

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá chimneys known as witch scarers, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá chimneys known as witch scarers

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá roof crowned with skylights and chimneys, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá roof crowned with skylights and chimneys

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá Glass towers on the roof, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Glass Towers on the roof

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá and Sagrada Familia on the horizon, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá and Sagrada Familia on the horizon

Wiesław Sadurski on the roof Casa Milá, Barcelona

Wiesław Sadurski on the roof Casa Milá

Casa Milà is characterized by a self-supporting stone facade that connects to the internal structure of each floor by curved iron beams surrounding the perimeter of each floor.

This structural system allows for large openings in the façade, which illuminate the houses, as well as for any structure of the storey, so that all walls can be demolished without affecting the stability of the building. The owners can freely change their minds and easily modify the interior of the houses.


>Casa Milá entrance door

Casa Milá entrance door

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá the Patio, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá the Patio

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá Interior, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Interior

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá Interior, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Interior

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá airy courtyards connection, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

The building has a completely original solution in solving the lobby.

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá, Paintings cover the walls, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Paintings cover the walls, with access protected by a giant iron gate.

The building has a completely original solution in solving the lobby to not being a closed and dark, but also for its open and airy courtyards connection with that equally important in gaining a place of transit and directly visible to the user accessing the building.

Gaudí, as he had done in Casa Batlló, designed furniture specifically for the main floor. It was part of the concept artwork in which the architect assumes responsibility for global issues such as the structure and the facade, as every detail of the decor, design furniture and accessories such as lamps, planters, floors or ceilings.

Antoni Gaudi, dining room Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Dining room Casa Milá

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá furniture, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Furniture

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá kitchen, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Kitchen

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá Gramophon, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Gramophon

Antoni Gaudi, sleeping room in Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá sleeping room 1

Antoni Gaudi, sleeping room in Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá sleeping room 2

Antoni Gaudi, sleeping room in Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá sleeping room 3

Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá Saloon, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Casa Milá Saloon

Antoni Gaudi, working room in Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Gaudi's working room in Casa Milá

Antoni Gaudi, Bibliothek in Casa Milá, Barcelona, photo by Wiesław Sadurski

Bibliothek in Casa Milá

Wiesław Sadurski in a dining room of Casa Milá, Barcelona

Wiesław Sadurski in a dining room of Casa Milá

The unconventional style of the building made it subject to criticism. It was given the nickname "La Pedrera" - "The Quarry". Casa Milà has appeared in satirical magazines.

Homeowners in Passeig de Gracia were angry with Milà and stopped saying hello to him, arguing that Gaudi's strange building would lower the price of land in the area.