La Pedrera Buildings Analysis

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Walking up to the magnificent La Pedrera building the first thing I had to see was the pillar known as the elephant's foot. This pillar is notorious and was mentioned in the reading due it occupying too much space on the sidewalk of Passeig de Gracia. During construction Gaudi was informed of this by the government and told to make modifications, but Gaudi wouldn't budge. He wrote a letter back to the government and stated that if he were to modify the pillar, he would include a mocking inscription that would be-little the government. Fortunately the government rethought their demands and the pillar wasn't changed but this small aspect of the construction process I find awesome. Gaudi was a powerful and smart enough architect to tell the government…show more content…
After some explaining, I found out that Casa Mila is Gaudis most functional building and the wavy shape of the palace efficiently uses all the space provided by the octagonal block it sits on. Looking even deeper into the facade, you notice that the buildings exterior consists of large carved white stone that fit together like a puzzle piece. This method of building is one of the reasons why the building was named La Pedrera or the Stone Quarry. Supposedly during construction, the entire block would be filled with stone masons chiseling away at these massive stones so that they fit perfectly in place. No stone in the building is the same and instead of the building having a bright colorful facade like Casa Batllo, Casa Mila has a very pale colorless facade. The reasoning behind this lack of color is that when envisioning the building, Gaudi wanted every inhabitant to grow ivy off of their balcony so that over the years the entire facade of the building would be encompassed with beautiful green ivy. Like many invisions Gaudi had with the building, this one didn't come true and the facade, to this day, remains pale
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