Also the life of a tourist can be stressful. :-) If this happens to you in Barcelona, take my advice and go to this shrine. It is a building, or maybe more a structure, or a shelter for your body. The building I am talking about is the copy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe´s German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona.
van der Rohe, the man – the modernist who used the famous aphorism "less is more" (some of us may think the perspective a little boring at times – how can less be more on this round and voluptious planet?). In the German Pavilion van der Rohe proved his words, using a minimal framework of structural order and letting everything else free inside and around it.
Mies designed the classic Barcelona chair for the house. Pretty chairs, but I prefer to sit outside on a big, big, comfortably ascetical bench, secluded from the outer world, musing over the soft ripple of water in constant movement. The sky is the limit. I am calm and happy. Thankyou Mies!
The Pavillion Mies van der Rohe is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen in my life. We studied it in my architecture classes at university and I felt amazingly lucky to get to finally see it in person. The building is all metal, marble and glass, and features some of the architect's famous Barcelona chairs (no, you can't sit in them). I visited in the rain and it was still absolutely beautiful, especially around the pond and statue in the back.
This is not the original building. It a reconstruction built in the late 1980s, as the original was demolished after the World Fair back in the 1920s or 1930s. The gift shop is very expensive but it has some very stylish designer items.
The German Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition. Once the Exposition was over it was decided to dismantle the building and it was reconstructed in the early 80ties. It was build in the same place where the building originally stood. It's all made of different kinds of marble, onyx and large surfaces of glass too.
It´s one my favourite places in BCN.
Mies van der Rohe built the German Pavilion for the International Exhibition of 1929. It's a very important building for the architecture history because of its very simple form and the use of marble and glass, looking as a contemporary building in the 21th century. The building stand on a large podium alongside a pool. Mies designed the famous Barcelona chair for the house which still being factured. Two of these chairs were used as thrones by the Spanish Royal Family when they visited the exhibition. The Pavilion was demolished at the end of the exhibition, but a copy has since been built on the same site.
Mies van der Rohe construyó el Pabellón alemán para la Exposición Internacional de 1929. Es un edificio muy importante para la historia de la arquitectura debido a su forma muy simple y el uso de marmol y cristal que lo hacen parecer un edificio contemporaneo en el siglo XXI. El edificio está sobre un podio a lo largo de un estanque. Mies diseñó la famosa silla Barcelona para la casa, que todavía sigue fabricándose. Dos de esas sillas fueron usadas como tronos por la Familia Real española cuando visitaron la exposición. El Pabellón fue derribado al finalizar la Exposición pero se realizó una copia en el mismo lugar.
This building was designed by the famous architect for the International Exposition in Barcelona of 1929, as the German Pavilion. After the closure of the Exhibition, the Pavilion was disassembled in 1930 (it seems that few people liked it at this time). It was rebuilt in the same place in 1983-86, using the same materials as the original: steel, glass, marble, and travertine. The walls are made of glass and marble, playing with light.
The building has no real function (just exhibit). It was made to held the official reception of the Spanish King Alfonso XIII to German authorities. It’s amazing to see the pictures of this reception: people don’t seem to belong to the same time than the building.
Mies van der Rohe also designed the chairs and stools for this pavilion (now called "Barcelona chair"), one of the icons of XX century design. The pavilion is empty, just the chairs and a sculpture in one corner (Georg Kolbe, Sunrise, 1925). Maybe the entrance fee is not worth if you’re not a big architecture fan (3.5 euros, student and groups 2 euros, children free), but anyway it’s nice to see the exterior and the reflecting pool.
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10:00 a 20:00 h. (all days)
Wed and Fri guided visits from 17:00 to 19:00 h (in Catalan, Spanish and English)
This is a fascinating piece of 'international style' architecture originally designed in 1929 by famous German architect, Ludvig Mies Van Der Rohe. Despite being demolished once, it was recreated in its original form and on the same site in 1981-1986 by the Barcelona City Council. It is free to walk around, and was featured on an advert on UK television.
A highlight for any architect (or student) should be a visit to the German Pavillion by the German/American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The original building dates from 1929 and was dismantled after the World Exhibition was over. The current pavillion is an exact replica (1986) erected at the original site. It is a magnificent example of how to maximize spatial effect with minimizing means. A true gem.
Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion. This building was built in 1929 for the Universal Exhibition.
Germany's Goverment was trying sell it without success. Disapeared and rebuilt between 1983 and 1986 with glass, stones, iron...
The Pavillion of the dutch Architect Mies van der Rohe is a must for people interested in architecture or art. That little monument was built in the bauhaus style.