October 22nd, 2006

operesque

The roof of the city

This is the rooftop of Casa Mila ("La Pedrera") by Antoni Gaudi, built between 1906 and 1912. Up here, apart from great views out over Barcelona (and Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral in the distance), you also glimpse a parallel world: a world where adults are as curious, imaginative and playful as children (and have the technical skill to pull it off).



It isn't entirely whimsical, though; these strange forms disguise functional objects like stairheads, chimneys and ventilation shafts.