Casa mila chimneys: The roof terrace at La Pedrera-Casa Milà

5 Curious things you didn’t know about La Pedrera – Casa Milà

15 octubre, 2019




La Pedrera – Casa Milà was built by Antoni Gaudí for the Milà family and finished in 1911. Its sculptured form has made it a reference piece in the past and nowadays. It is impossible to pass through Passeig de Gràcia without noticing this outstanding masterpiece.

Getting more into detail with this building, here are 5 curious facts you didn’t know about…

Did you ever notice these curiosities from the Catalan architect?

For those Star Wars fans, have you ever seen that La Pedrera has chimney stacks with a peculiar form that can remind you of the famous storm troopers or even Darth Vader?
Some say George Lucas was once in Barcelona and got inspired by visiting La Pedrera to reflect these chimney stacks on some of his characters from the saga. What are your thoughts on the similarity?

This gallery is essential to understand the main reason for the shapes Gaudí uses in his unique architecture style. In fact, the gallery itself is in a room which has an animal-like shape. If you look on top, you will be able to discover you’re in room which feels like the interior skeleton of a snake.

This house was conceived mainly for being the Milà’s apartment, where they lived and where in our days, this apartment is still complete with antique furniture. You will be able to see how the room’s distribution was from the maid’s room to the kitchen and even the Milà Family member’s room to see how they used to live back then.

The completely innovative structure of this building makes it really hard to place furniture since it’s barely impossible to find straight walls. This construction got people confused as there were those who were really excited about it and others who were completely against this innovative idea. Mrs. Milà once was frustrated because she couldn’t place a wall piano in the building for Roser Sergimon. They say Antoni Gaudí suggested her to learn to play the violin.

One of the most curious details to keep in mind is the variety of handles Antoni Gaudí made up for different doors, windows, or drawers. At the end of the architecture gallery, you’ll be able to see an audiovisual showing all of the handles he made, their main purpose, and how to properly use them.
Let’s see if you spot them all along the apartment…
You can also buy these handles at the souvenir shop where you will also find mugs or magnets with these handles which feel so satisfying…

These are the kind of details you need to know for completing your experience and making the best out of it. Join us in one of our tours if you want to discover all the details behind every sightseeing spot there is in this wonderful city.

Archictecture & Art, Attractions & Monuments

 La Pedrera


La Pedrera, also called Casa Mila is an impressive apartment building in Passeig de Gracia, one of the most emblematic buildings in Barcelona, built between 1906 and 1912.  La Pedrera was the last Antoni Gaudí private project before entirely focusing on the Sagrada Familia church.

An innovative building that didn’t respect any conventional style, was an object of controversy for a while, what earnt it its nickname, La Pedrera (keep reading to discover why!) On 1984 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. We include it in a lot of our Barcelona Tours, and it’s a must of our Gaudi Tour. We also do 1.5 hour tours of La Pedrera only, if you don’t have enough time for a 4-hr tour.

Here is what you get to see in the Casa Mila inside:

Inner Courtyards​

The ground plan is organized around several courtyards that contributed to let sunlight into the building and improve ventilation of the building. The patio façades, full of light and colors, are decorated with paintings related to flowers and nature. Gorgeous!



The original rooftop of this buildings is definitely one of its highlights. Staircase shafts covered in broken pottery, 28 twisted chimneys and two curious vents to ventilate the building… 

All decorated with marble, broken Valencia tiles and glass (it’s said that he reused the bottles of the inauguration party to decorate one of the chimneys). The rooftop was called by a Catalan poet as “the garden of warriors” as the chimneys seems to protect the city.

Espai Gaudi​

The Espai Gaudí is situated in the attic. This unique room built with 270 parabolic arches that look like a giant ribs sheltered the washing rooms. Now it houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to Gaudí’s work and life: models, building plans, photographs, videos… to help you getting a better understanding of this genius and his architecture.

The Apartment​

The forth floor has been set up to explain know how  a bourgeois family lived in Barcelona in XX century. It recreates the atmosphere of the time original antique furniture and domestic equipment.  

It’s very interesting to see how life and devices have changed so much in just one hundred years, and how Gaudi conceived the interiors of Casa Mila to be as comfortable and convenient as possible.

La Pedrera by Night​

During day time you can visit all the spaces mentioned above, but if you would like to live a unique experience, don’t miss the night audiovisual show taking you also around the different areas of the building, and finishing with a spectacular video mapping shop in the rooftop inspired in the origins of life and Gaudí’s architecture essence. Get here your Casa Mila by night tickets and travel to Gaudí’s fantastic world!

AND BONUS! Why this building has two names?​

Why la Pedrera is also called Casa Mila​

This building was commissioned to Gaudi by the Mila family in 1906, so the official name is Casa Mila, that means “the building owned by the Mila family”. However, Gaudi went totally wild with the façade and the locals thought it was outrageous. They started comparing it with a stone quarry, because of how it looked. In Catalan, “La Pedrera” means “The Quarry”. People has continued using this word as a nickname for the house, and that’s why now some people still call it La Pedrera, while others call it Casa Mila.

Have you ever been to La Pedrera or are you planning to go?​







Marta is the founder of ForeverBarcelona. She is a passionate tour guide that loves Barcelona and loves writing too. She is the main author of our Blog, and is committed to sharing her knowledge about Barcelona and her best tips with our readers.

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