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|Location||Barcelona, Spain map|
|Date||1905 to 1910 timeline|
|Building Type||multifamily housing|
|Construction System||masonry and concrete|
|Notes||Expressionistic, fantastic, organic forms in undulating facade and roof line. light court. Architect sometimes referred to as "Antonio Gaudi".|
|Discussion||Casa Mila Commentary
"La Pedrera'the quarry'was the name an astounded population gave to this completely unique building. It could be compared with the steep cliff walls in which African tribes build their cave-like dwellings. The wavy facade, with its large pores, reminds one also of an undulating beach of fine sand, formed, for example, by a receding dune. The honeycombs made by industrious bees might also spring to the mind of the observer viewing the snake-like ups-and-downs that run through the whole bulding. In this last secular building which he constructed before devoting all his energies to the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi created a paradox: an artificial but natural building which was simultaneously a summary of all the forms that he has since become famous for. The roof sports an imitation of the bench from Guell Park as well as an ever more impressive series of bizarre chimney stacks."
Rainer Zervst. Gaudi, 1852-1926, Antoni Gaudi i Cornet Ð A Life Devoted to Architecture. Cologne: Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH & Co. KG., 1988. p176.
Sources on Casa Mila
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Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.057.
Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1537.065. PCD.2260.1012.1537.066.
Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. plan, p1196. photo, p1198. The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com
Xavier Guell. Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1990. ISBN 84-252-1445-9. NA1313.G3G79 1990. roof structure plan drawing, f27, p163. sectioned axonometric drawing, f6, p153. H. Tanaka and S. Tarrago. axonometric drawing, f5, p153.
Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.
John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. exterior photo, p222-223. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com
Rainer Zerbst. Antoni Gaudi i Cornet: A Life Devoted to Architecture. Cologne: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1988. ISBN 3-8228-0074-0. NA1313.G3Z4713. elevation and plan drawing of facade, f7, p179. section drawing of facade, f7, p179. cross section drawing, f2, p179.
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