Casa Milà (Catalan pronunciation: [‘cah-sa mee-lah]), better known as La Pedrera (pronounced: [lah peh-dre-rah], meaning the ‘The Quarry’), is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built during the years 1906–1912. It is located at 92, Passeig de Gràcia (passeig is Catalan for promenade) in the Eixample district of Barcelona.
It was a controversial design at the time for the bold forms of the undulating stone facade and wrought iron decoration of the balconies and windows, designed largely by Josep Maria Jujol, who also created some of the plaster ceilings. Architecturally it is considered an innovative work for its steel structure and curtain walls – the façade is self-supporting. Other innovative elements were the construction of underground car parking and separate lifts and stairs for the owners and their servants.
In 1984, it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The building is made open to the public by the CatalunyaCaixa Foundation, which managed the various exhibitions and activities and visits to the interior and roof.
Nowadays La Pedrera houses Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, a foundation born in 2013 with the aim of engaging in social projects supporting initiatives in a variety of areas towards promoting the inherent and natural role of culture in environmental and resource management as well as boosting projects to help the local communities across Catalonia. This foundation is now managing the activities and visits to this famous landmark.
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