on March 19, 2008
Before you even enter the Mila you’re with the strange and yet fascinating world of Gaudi – the building looks “off the wall” from the main street and I could feel the excitement building as I neared the front of the queue for the ticket booth. The mosaic walls are enhanced by the organic curves of the bow windows and the randomly shaped and positioned balconies. Delicately carved “twig like” columns serve more as decorative additions rather than structural support and the 20 plus windows over 5 floors almost seem to be smiling down at us. This place has character and really doesn’t seem to be an inanimate building – I know that sounds daft, but the house does seem to “live”.Once inside two magnificent decorative vases catch our attention (you’d actually be hard-pressed to ignore this colourful twosome) standing proudly on tall tables on the highly polished wooden floor under an eye-like inset light and in the stairwell of a fantastic wooden staircase. The detail, even at this early point of our visit is incredible and I’m both amused and fascinated by the beautifully finished and unique wavy skirting board. It’s impossible not to caress the stair rail as we ascend to the first floor and enter a womb like ante room. Throughout the building elaborate leaded windows abound and there’s an abundance of fascinating, dare I say fantastic (in the literal sense) chandeliers, and some truly amazing windows. The walls of the house are creatively sculptured confirming my belief that this dwelling almost “lives”. There’s a brilliant, almost amusing, log burning stove set back in a recessed accessed by a mushroom shaped open entrance. In this recess are a couple of bench seat, fully integrated with the tiled walls, where on a cold winter’s day the house’s occupants could snuggle down to keep warm. The main room of the first floor is exquisite with its sensational partially stained glassed windows, their intriguing shape and those delicate pillars. A myriad of colours and shadows drench the room giving a surreal sensation on the senses. Although I felt things couldn’t get any better the house piles more of the Gaudi experience on to you.Magnificent shaped and sculptured doors give a soft and delicate feel to the entrances and the amazing atrium, with a bizarre four-person lift is just amazing to behold. It’s tiled in beautifully contrasting blues that catches the light to perfection and numerous windows look down on to this open-air courtyard. We headed next for the house’s courtyard and garden space. By now you won’t be surprised to read that once again this space is “littered with mosaics” and the view of the back of the house, with its fine wrought iron balconies is almost reminiscent of an ocean liner. The lines of the house undulate both horizontally and vertically given the house a unique appearance. We’d walked up the stairs and I was determined to trey out the lift. However, it’s real small so I was guaranteed a wait. Not that it mattered because there were plenty of things to check out whilst waiting: the crazy doors that open onto the landing; the immaculate tiling; the carefully constructed lift space; the airiness of the atrium, beautifully constructed, staircases; shiny marbled steps. Just to highlight a few!The journey down in the lift was steady and comfortable but you wouldn’t want to suffer from claustrophobia and having reached the bottom I couldn’t resist climbing the staircase once again to check out parts that I'd missed on my ascent.What a great, fascinating experience - can't recommned it highly enough.
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