My Favourite Artwork: Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-10-11-06-pmPhoto credit: Rachel Wong

In this new series, writers discuss their favourite artworks.

What: Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Artist: Antoni Gaudi

Type: Architecture

Medium: Limestone (facade)

Subject: The last piece of civil engineering work designed by Gaudi

Where: Passeig de Gracia 92, Barcelona

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-10-11-32-pmPhoto credit: Rachel Wong

Why: This gigantic residential building – both on the outside and inside – display an undulating curve, applying controlled geometry as well as elements of a naturalist nature. The courtyard acts as a distributor of light and ventilation, the chimneys transformed into disturbing anthropomorphic shapes, and a loft area containing 270 partitioned arches in a catenary construction. This architecture exhibits the intrinsic mysteriousness of Gaudi’s genius.

Legacy: Heritage Site of National Interest and UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rachel Wong

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