Casa Mila, Antoni Gaudi’s “melting ice cream” building, is one of the most recognized pieces of Modernista architecture in BCN. Situated on the Passeig de Gracia, the fashionable “high street” in the Eixample district, it features themes that recur throughout his later work in Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia. The house was built around 2 courtyards, as Gaudi wanted each room in the 16-unit (with around 8 rooms/unit) apartment building to have natural sunlight. He built the apartments themselves with no load-bearing walls, so that each unit could be customized to the owner’s needs. The roof of Casa Mila is perhaps the most memorable part of the house, and the snake-ribbed design of the attic was equally striking.
Fitting that I would visit the “melting ice cream” house on an 83-degree day in late September? Sounds like I should celebrate with some gelato of my own.