Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona

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The flag of Germany for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, was designed by Mies van der Rohe and is a work that all architects and critics have regarded as the paradigm of modern architecture.

Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona

Photography by BocaDorada

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in Germany in the city of Aachen, 25 April 1886. He was the son of a Catholic family.

German Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona:

The Mies van der Rohe, as is known today, is a building considered one of the few manifestations of the contemporary spirit, fully able to compare with the great architectural works of antiquity, which is developed in its most extreme complexity of the interrelationship internal spaces of the building with the connection to outer space. Mies van der Rohe travertine used for the pavilion, travertine is a sedimentary rock partially biogenic origin, formed by deposits of calcium carbonate used in most churches and monuments of ancient Rome and can be seen in Pamukkale the thermal conditions that exist in that area of Turkey.

Such was the importance of construction in 1985, a team of architects rebuilt the building on the original site, making a laborious investigation of plans and materials and overcoming the technical difficulties inherent in a building designed to consolidate an interim basis permanently. In the hall of the pavilion can be Matí sculpture, designed by Georg Kolbe.

Mies van der Rohe's

Photography by malouette

Armchair «Barcelona»

Mies van der Rohe for the pavilion also created an armchair or couch known as «Barcelona» furniture that incorporated the new industrial materials and the design of which attracted wide attention as an innovator time I had. Having been conceived as a pavilion on an interim basis, the building was quickly degraded, although at no time ceased to be a must to explain the confluence of ideas and intentions of the European avant-garde architecture of our century.

Where is the Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona?

The Mies van der Rohe is on the rise Montjuich to the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), which is the palace which is at the top of Montjuic from the Plaza Espanya in Barcelona. The exact address is Avenida Francesc Ferrer i Guardia 7 (before Avenida Marques de Comillas). To get there, it’s best to get off at Metro Espanya (L1 and L3) and walk up or go to the bus 50 or 13.

Entry fee:

The ticket price is 4.5 €. Students and groups have reduced prices.

Go to Montjuic to visit the Barcelona Pavilion, a work emblematic of the modernist movement: just fantastic! The Mies van der Rohe was created in 1983 by the City of Barcelona with the initial purpose of reconstructing the German Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) for the International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929. Apart from preserving and disseminating information of Mies van der Rohe, now offers debate and knowledge on topics related to modern architecture and urban planning.

Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion

Photography by malouette

Good luck there and have your picture!

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