We had booked tickets online for our visit to La Pedrera, Guadi's apartment house building that has a small portion open to the public. As expected, there was a huge line at 10:45, but showing our tickets to one of the guards worked its magic and we were allowed to skip the line. They had two options for the audioguide, a 40 minute of a 1.4 hour one. We opted for the shorter one, although as we discovered, the commentary is not very informative or interesting.
The visit begins in a beautiful lobby nad courtyard, with swirling colors, stone and ironwork, open to the sky. The interior rooms in the building had windows into this courtyard.
The visit continues on the roof, with similar fantastic forms and built-up chimney stacks as we had seen at Casa Batllo. It's a shame they've put up this ugly wire fence. You need to carefully watch your footing as you walk around, as there are lots of little steps and in the bright sunlight when you're concentrating on the views and the rooftop shapes they can be difficult to see. Hey, it's not a vacation in Europe unless I have a near-fall.
These green glass mosaics are from cava bottles.
You then go down to the attic of the building, where there are interesting display of Gaudi's work, mini models, and some hands-on activities for children. I liked this case of natural objects which inspired Gaudi.
One of the apartments has been restored and furnished to look as it might have when the building was completed. Love the plasterwork, windows, and light throughout the spaces. And huge, luxurious bathrooms for the time! The gift shop had some nice books, and I got a lavishly illustrated book on Gaudi's works. In retrospect, it would have been useful to have had this at the beginning for the week to enrich what we were seeing.
Afterward, we took a walk to find more Moderniste buildings, which I'll detail in the next entry.