Barcelona’s character is largely determined by works of Catalonian artist and architect Antoni Gaudi. His works influenced the landscape of the city and attract lots of funs visiting Barcelona to admire his works. One of such works is La Pedrera, a residential building designed by Gaudi. A Building of impressive architecture and astonishing solutions for its residents. Because of its facade it was called La Pedrera – a quarry. Currently that fascade is being renovated so taking a picture of the front is not possible.
We were surprised not only by Gaudi’s solutions us but also by today administrators’ care for visitors, especially those with children. Knowing that we want to visit different floors of La Pedrera and especialy the roof we were prepared to leave our stroller somewhere downstairs. We took a baby carrier – our wooven wrap for Ola and a combination lock for the stroller. Woven wrap of course was very usefull but for strollers protection administrators arranged their own way. On the first floor, nerby the entrance there is a locker room where we could leave all our baby stuff and lock the stroller. It’s free of charge, we just needed to put one euro in the lock to close it. It’s being returned when opening a lock. With all the stuff safely left there we were ready for the tour.
On the last floor of La Pedrera we found out how Gaudi created the shape of arches of the attic. He used hanging chains and observing them in the mirror he received catenary arches – a very strong construction that can be created of light materials. Same method he used in his other projects, like the church at Santa Coloma de Cervello.
All of Gaudi’s works were thought out to the smallest details. So were his designs of different types of seats. They look strange at the first sight but they were preceded by detailed studies of human body and desinged so that they were adjusted to its shape as much as possible.
The most surprising idea relised in La Pedrera was an underground garage! Although it was just a place where horse carts were kept at that time, it was pushing it under ground that was a farsighted idea. In the times when the automotive industry was at the beginning of its development and the shortage of space wasn’t so painful Gaudi couldn’t have had the idea how popular this solution will become.
It’s definitely a must-be place in Barcelona and 20,50 euro for the ticket is a well spent money.
From organizational tips it’s worth mentioning that tickets are sold online. It’s a big advantage to come already with the ticket for a specific time and avoid long queue lines to the ticket office. When bought far in advance, any time of the day is available. And we advise to use an audio guide offered free of charge at the entrance. Huge amount if interesting information…
And regarding baby stuff – there is a toilets on the ground floor equipped with baby changing station and diaper basket.
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