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Biophiliac Gaudi on the Barcelona Bus Tour: Adventure-a-Day #25

Barcelona has a dispersed World Heritage site known as “The Works of Antoni Gaudi”, comprising seven of the works of the famous architect. The tourist sightseeing bus goes by several of them.

Part of an unusual apartment building showing rows of windows in a flowing matrix reminiscent of a honeycomb

Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi’s 1912 building, Casa Mila, or La Pedrera (Photo credit Jill Browne)

From the open upper deck I had a good view of La Pedrera, as this organic-looking apartment building is called. It became a World Heritage site in 1984.

The building was completed in 1912, although not without some changes to Gaudi’s original plan, and some fights with the city authorities over building regulations.

In this photo I think it looks something like a honeycomb standing on its end. In real life, it struck me as more solid and massive, more reminiscent of rock than of wax.

One of the great things about Gaudi was his biophilia. From the Oxford Dictionary online:

“Definition of biophilia
noun
[mass noun]
(according to a theory of the biologist E. O. Wilson) an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world.”

When an architect makes buildings that look like living creatures of yet-to-be-discovered genera, surely that’s a demonstration of biophilia.

Disclosure: I had this adventure on September 25, 2012, and I paid my own fare on the tourist bus. I went alone but there was a nice couple from Edmonton sitting right behind me. Small world. Edmonton is about 300 km from home and is the provincial capital of Alberta, where I live. It’s also our rival city in everything.

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