The absolute highlight of my stay in Barcelona was probably the visit of La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà. La Pedrera is another beauty designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It looks like he turned his vision of heaven into the real object.
At least I felt like the rooftop terrace of La Pedrera was actually part of the sky. Sandiness, which is the color of this stone building, is my favorite. Especially complemented by the blue sky and golden light of the setting sun.
All the wavy forms and chimneys evoked cloudlets to me. This must be the right place to have fun, dance, spy the city citizens and joking with the people walking down the street, after dark. I believe it might have been Gaudí’s intention, when he was designing this house.
The story of La Pedrera confirms the old truth – one has to fight for the best things. If this was not the case, the world would be poorer of this masterpiece. The story began when wealthy developer, Pere Milá, asked Gaudí to construct a large building of rental flats in the style of another house, designed by Gaudí – Casa Batlló. The client’s wife, even wealthier Rosario Segismón, didn’t share her husband’s enthusiasm about such an innovative architecture.
Fortunately, the vanity of Pere was stronger than her resistance, and La Pedrera became the last private commission Gaudí was ever working on. Afterwards he fully focused to the Sagrada Familia.
As the works on the house continued, new and new problems appeared. Two years after the beginning of construction, the city government stopped it, because one column exceeded the projected size, occupying one meter of the sidewalk.
Gaudí refused to correct it and was facing a threat that they would dismantle the column. He said if they had done, he would have respected their decision, but he would have placed a notice where the motive could be read.
Beside the dreamy design, another thing caught my attention. Gaudí wanted people, living in the flats, to know each other.
Therefore, there were only lifts on every second floor so people had to communicate with one another on different floors. Isn’t it great idea?
Visiting such a place got me into the playful mood.
Therefore, I decided for off the shoulder navy dress with wavy sleeves. I thought it would match well with the architecture.
Also scarfs are currently my big crush and I like this silk piece from my grandma, giving the outfit a unique hint. I had tried to also wear a blue scarf, but this one, a little bit contrasting, worked much better.
The most important is – to avoid straight lines, Gaudí would tell you.
©Photos – Daniela Rifai from the Smell of Jasmine and Martin Jesny from Automobilista, Editing and Creative direction – Daniela Rifai