We spent our first afternoon in Spain on the roof of Casa Mila.
The woman we were staying with lives just a few blocks from this Gaudí-designed building so after a short nap we had espresso on La Rambla Catalunya and walked over. The city of Barcelona is sometimes called the city of Gaudí because his architectural influence is so dominant. This building also houses the apartment he lived in and it remains furnished today as it was when he lived there.
Gaudí believed that air shafts, stairwells, electrical and mechanical access areas need not be merely utilitarian so he covered them all with this elaborate sculptural roof park. I am amazed at his versatility and imagination.
The photo above was taken looking down into a floor mirror on the floor of a hallway through which we passed going to the roof. The brick and wood ceiling and the stringed structure of weight and balance objects are reflected--along with my husband's face.