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September 25, 2017 - Comments Off on MIES VAN DER ROHE’S BARCELONA PAVILION

MIES VAN DER ROHE’S BARCELONA PAVILION

MIES VAN DER ROHE'S BARCELONA PAVILION

Photographed by: Lindsay Koffler

The Barcelona Pavilion was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the German National Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exhibition, held on Montjuïc.

Check out more visuals of the modernist classic piece from our Barcelona adventures.

Glass, steel and four different kinds of stone (Roman travertine, green Alpine marble, ancient green marble from Greece and golden onyx from the Atlas Mountains) were used for the reconstruction, all of the same characteristics and provenance as the ones originally employed by Mies in 1929.

Mies van der Rohe’s originality in the use of materials lays not so much in novelty as in the ideal of modernity they expressed through the rigor of their geometry, the precision of the pieces and the clarity of their assembly.

  

The sculpture is a bronze reproduction of the piece entitled Dawn by Georg Kolbe, a contemporary of Mies van der Rohe. Masterfully placed at one end of the small pond, the sculpture is reflected not only in the water but also in the marble and glass, thereby creating the sensation that it is multiplied in space, while its curves contrast with the geometrical purity of the building.