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Guide to Famous Modern structure in Spain by Mies van der Rohe architect: 20th Century Building
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’.
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
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.
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.
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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Barcelona Pavilion Building
Pabellón Mies van der Rohe
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
More Mies van der Rohe building images available upon request: images 1280×1024 pixels, 72dpi
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies (1886 – 1969) was a German-American architect. The architect is commonly referred to and was addressed as Mies, his surname. Along with Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture.
Mies, like many of his post-World War I contemporaries, sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras. He created an influential twentieth-century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity.
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