Casa Mila - Top Floor and Beyond

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by MichaelJM on March 13, 2008

The roof spaces are never usually designed to inspire and often you’d only clamber to the top to explore the view, but here at Casa Mila you’ll get the best of both worlds. There’s almost a 360° panorama of the City’s skyscape, but more impressive is the Gaudi influence on the foreground. It’s almost weaved into the cityscape and although this will have changed considerably over the years it’s almost as if Gaudi took account of it when undertaking the work high up here on the roof of Casa Mila.

Of course like many rooftops there’s a plethora of chimney pots but these are somewhat different - there’s a myriad of colours on the curious shaped stacks and for Lewis Caroll fans you’d almost be excused thinking that you’d passed through Alice’s looking glass. The chimneys twist and turn with each curve lovingly covered in shiny mosaic tiling. Each stack is topped with a carefully crafted pyramid and a tiny sphere seems to hang timorously at the pinnacle. Each one is unique.

At one end of the roof is a curiously shaped building, which I suspect must have been a storage space at one time. People were queuing up enter, so of course we need to join the throng and check out the inside of the building. Some people come out looking slightly bemused whilst others seem highly animated and excited. We wait in line! We didn’t need to wait that long and we entered the “ginger bread house” into a dimly lit room with a water feature as a centrepiece. I didn’t really grasp the point of this and although it was “interesting” I think I left with that “slight bemused look” on my face.

To the side of this attic annex there were some “different views” across town as I peered through the facia of the building and glanced up to a stylish and ornate cross that sat stylishly on the top of the “ginger bread house”.

On the floor below the rooftop is a perfectly well preserved wash room area. I’m guessing that it must have been a bit of a drag having to lug everything up to the top floor but the detail that has gone into this attic space is no less than anywhere else in the house.

A Beautifully arched room shows glimpses of light from the small windows reflecting onto the chequered floor. The original small washroom spaces off a fascinatingly white arched arched corridor are still there to check out and although these are utilitarian spaces they’re still nicely kitted out. The large arched room has a simple message from Gaudi provided from a hologram installation on the wall. It’s kind of spooky but really brings home the impact that this man still has on the architecture of Barcelona.

There’s a beautifully crafted spiral staircase almost hidden from anything other than preying eyes and once again although it’s not in full view the craftsmanship and eye for detail is almost beyond belief. Certainly in many houses of its age this would have been a basic construction. But not in Casa Batllo.

An amazing part of the house which continues the "theme" of a fairy-time experience.
Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi)
Passeig De Gracia, 92
Barcelona, Spain, 08007
34644 291 481

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