this entry is written by ari, who’s helping me catching up with the Europe Travel entries.
After the Dragon House, we walked on to the next building by Gaudi, Casa Milà.
The building is a huge biomorphic structure on the corner of the block with wrought iron balconies and an undulating roof structure. The organic looking building also has anatrium in the middle and underground parking as well as elevators, which was amazing for a building built in 1910.
The entrance to the museum led to the central atrium, sloping to a curve towards the elevator.
We were led up straight to the roof and told to go down the stairs to visit the apartments later. The rooftop was spectacular. Ridden with Gaudi’s signature columns, these were with storm-trooper-like heads, the rooftop had seemingly irregular stairs going up and down everywhere.
Aina had a great time going up and down those stairs and in and out of the little tunnels.
Then we went to the attic, the space underneath the rooftop, which was actually an amazing display of brick dome structures underneath it all. The same rib-like structure was also shown in Casa Batllo, representing the belly of the dragon.
Here, there was an exhibit about the logic and concepts behind Gaudi’s buildings. Everything was derived from forms found in nature, deduced to mathematical equations and realized through. A prime example of the Art Nouveau movement.
We walked down further floor after floor through recreated rooms of the early 20th century household. There were antique furnitures of the master bedroom and children’s room, ovens and kitchen wares, the bathroom, all the opulence of the house restored to its former glory.
Out the window, we peeked at the huge number of protesters on the street gathering at the intersection.
We were also getting really hungry so we decided to exit the museum and look for food.
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