Barcelona Pavilion: Mies van der Rohe Building

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Barcelona Pavilion

Guide to Famous Modern structure in Spain by Mies van der Rohe architect

Barcelona Pavilion Building

El Pavelló Alemany
Reconstrucció del Pavelló de Representació d’Alemanya a l’Exposició de Barcelona

The building is also known as the ‘German Pavilion’ or ‘Mies van der Rohe Pavilion’.

Barcelona Pavilion

Location: Hill of Montjuic, southwest Barcelona

Date: 1929; pavilion building reconstruction 1983-86

Design: Mies van der Rohe, Architect

Photos of this Mies van der Rohe building © Adrian Welch

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Barcelona Pavilion architect : Mies van der Rohe

Barcelona Pavilion – Building Description

The Barcelona Pavilion building is for many architects their favourite building in the World. It’s architecture is pure poetry, simple honest planes of stone with slim, graceful polished steel cruciform columns. The integration of water through two shallow pools brings calmness and reflection to the pavilion.

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The architect Mies van der Rohe was interested in developing free flowing space and this is done using walls as planes in isolation, joined by sliding elements or glass. Thus the wall is expressed as a single element with space flowing around it. The majority of the pavilion building is constructed out of (cream-coloured) travertine which gives the building a luxurious feel and aids the perception of spaciousness.

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For many people the Barcelona Pavilion building represents the apotheosis of Modernism, a building which is uncompromised by the complexity of functions. In this respect it is similar to the Farnsworth House, also by Mies van der Rohe.

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English text:
Barcelona Pavilion Building

Spanish text:
Pabellón Mies van der Rohe

Location:Barcelona Pavilion, Spain’