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La Pedrera

Written on: Friday March 2nd, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen

Today my father and I woke up early to Visit Casa Mila which is also known as La Pedrera.  Meaning "the quarry" La Pedrera is located on Passeig de Gracia.  From the outside, on the street the building is located on a corner and has an undulating facade. Many people find the building to be ugly and awkward looking in the everyday landscape of the city of Barcelona.  However, I do find Gaudi's work to be interesting and the tour that we took of Le Pedrera enabled us to understand Gaudi as an architect and what he intended in his designs.  One of the main themes that guided Gaudi's designs was his inspiration from nature.  Most of his work studied the elements and he attempted to create architecture and designs that played off the elements of nature.  Through his use of nature he utilized various forms of form, color, and texture to bring out his love of nature. As in Park Guell he used colors and designs that adapeted to the physical features of the park.  For Le Pedrera, the undulating walls enabled sunlight to enter the rooms of all rooms at any time of day.  He used archs such as the catenary arch in the attic to create a new way of creating curves without utilizing buttresses.  After listening to the audio guide we were able to explore the rooftop which enabled a great view of the city and of the undulating wall of the building.  After walking on the roof we were able to explore one of the apartments within the building to imagine what it would be like to live in Le Pedrera. Overall Le Pedrera was an interesting trip because it enabled me to understand the works and life of Gaudi a little more.