Casa Milà

10 04 2008

Casa Milà is really extraordinary building. I see it as a big sponge like live organism. It has what we call biomorphic appearance. Designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built in the years 1906–1910 (officially completed 1912).

The rippled stone façade, said to have been inspired by the mountain of Montserrat, curves around the street corner, while the cave-like balconies seem to flow into one another. The wrought-iron balconies were individually designed and crafted by Gaudi’s frequent collaborator, Josep Maria Jujol. The Casa Mila was Gaudi’s last secular commission, and his last work before devoting himself to his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia church, which, along with the Park Guell, round out the three main Gaudi Works.

The Casa Mila Barcelona Spain is one of the craziest architectural products to come out of the crazy (and brilliant) head of Antoni Gaudi. The Casa Mila is hard to define: some say it resembles the honeycombed structure of a beehive; some say it resembles, in texture and design, a porous sand castle nearing collapse.Whatever Gaudi’s inspiration and intent, the world community recognized the Casa Mila’s pioneering design, and the sculpted apartment building became one of 812 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites in 1984.

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