Every year, more than a million people visit the home of Ana Viladomiu in Barcelona. She does her best to avoid them. [She] lives in La Pedrera, the last house built by Antoni Gaudí, the brilliant Catalan architect who died after being hit by a tram in 1926. His works around the city have helped make Barcelona one of Europe’s main tourism hubs.
For Ms. Viladomiu, ...., living in La Pedrera raises some practical issues, starting with her daily struggle to reach the elevator that leads to her fourth-floor apartment.1
“I’ve found myself many times elbowing my way home, while people shouted at me because they thought I was jumping the ticket queue,” she said recently in an interview in her apartment. “That’s not a great situation to be in, especially if you’re carrying your shopping bags back home.”
- 1. The original owners sold La Pedrera to a real estate company. Another architect then transformed the top floor, which had been a laundry room, into more rental apartments.
Ms. Viladomiu has one of the few left. In March, she published a book, “The Last Neighbor,” about the history of the building, as well as the experience of occupying an apartment in one of the jewels of Gaudí’s Modernist style of architecture.