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Pabellón Mies van der Rohe (Pabellón Alemán de Barcelona)
Pavillion Mies van der Rohe (German Pavillion)
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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DESCRIPTION
 
Pavillion Mies van der Rohe BarcelonaThe Pavilion is one of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Works and a key point of reference in XX-century architecture. The famous German Pavilion was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and disassembled the following year. Half a century later, and in view of the importance of the Pavilion in terms of contemporary architectural history, the Barcelona City Council, with architect Oriol Bohigas at the head of its Urban Planning Department, decided to faithfully reconstruct the building. The project was carried out after extensive research by Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramos between 1983 and 1986 on the Pavilion’s original Montjuïc site.
Its innovative architectural structure marked a radical change in the layout of space and greatly influenced the development of modern architecture. Furthermore, the Pavilion exhibits the Barcelona Chair, also designed by Mies, along with a bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe's sculpture Morning.
The Barcelona chair
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairMies van der Rohe designed a chair, especially for the Pavilion, consisting of a leatherupholstered metallic profile that over the years has become an icon of modern design. To such an extent, in fact, that the Barcelona chair is still manufactured and marketed today.
Georg Kolbe's sculpture
Georg Kolbe Pavillion Mies van der Rohe BarcelonaThe sculpture is a bronze reproduction of the piece entitled Dawn by Georg Kolbe, a contemporary of Mies van der Rohe's. 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.
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MATERIALS
 
glass, steel, marble

Pavillion Mies van der Rohe BarcelonaGlass, steel and four different kinds of marble (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 lay not so much in novelty as in the ideal of modernity they expressed through the rigour of their geometry, the precision of the pieces and the clarity of their assembly.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Spain [España]
Region
Catalonia [Cataluña/Catalunya]
Province
Barcelona
Town
Barcelona
Neighborhoods
Dt. 03 Sants-Montjuïc
Address
Avda. del Marquès de Comillas, 08038 Barcelona
 
 
Telephone
+34.934.234.016
Fax
+34.934.263.772
Website
E-mail
pavello@miesbcn.com
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Operations on existing buildings
Completion, rebuilding
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1928    
Realisation
1929
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Paolo Amaldi, Mies van der Rohe. Le false certezze del padiglione di Barcellona, Testo&Immagine, Torino 2003
Josep Quetglas, Fear of Glass. Mies van der Rohe's Pavillion in Barcelona, Birkhauser, Wien 2000
Robin Evans "Il padiglione di Barcellona e l'arte di dimenticare", Casabella 592, luglio-agosto/july-august 1992, pp. 46-51
Franz Schulze, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Editoriale Jaca Book, Milano 1989, pp. 155-164
Ignasi de Solá Morales "Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Barcellona 1929-1986", Domus 674, luglio-agosto/july-august 1986, pp. 76-80
Ignasi de Solá Morales, Fernando Ramos, Cristian Cirici "La ricostruzione del Padiglione di Mies a Barcellona", Casabella 526 luglio-agosto/july-august 1986, pp. 44-55
Giovanni Klaus Koenig, "Dialogando con l'acqua/Talking with water", Ottagono, giugno/june 1984, "I significati dell'acqua" p. 26 (18-33, 188-191)
Bruno Zevi, Spazî dell'architettura moderna, Einaudi, Torino 1973, tav. 202-205 [III. I maestri del periodo razionalista]
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STAFF
 
Art intervention
Georg Kolbe (sculpture)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Pepo Segura - Fundació Mies van der Rohe-Barcelona
Text edit by Fundació Mies van der Rohe-Barcelona
courtesy by Fundació Mies van der Rohe-Barcelona

Pavillion Mies van der Rohe Barcelona



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