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Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

  • Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7 Map It
  • Montjuïc
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Updated 03/10/2014

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One of the masterpieces of the Bauhaus School, the legendary Pavelló Mies van der Rohe—the German contribution to the 1929 International Exhibition, reassembled between 1983 and 1986—remains a stunning "less is more" study in interlocking planes of white marble, green onyx, and glass. In effect, it is Barcelona's aesthetic antonym (possibly in company with Richard Meier's Museu d'Art Contemporani and Rafael Moneo's Auditori) to the flamboyant Art Nouveau—the city's

signature Modernisme—of Gaudí and his contemporaries. Don't fail to note the mirror play of the black carpet inside the pavilion with the reflecting pool outside, or the iconic Barcelona chair designed by van der Rohe (1886–1969); reproductions of the chair have graced modern interiors around the world for decades. A free guided tour in English is offered on Saturday at 10 am.

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Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08038, Spain

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  • €5
  • Daily 10–8; guided tours Sat. at 10.

Updated 03/10/2014


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Nov 2, 2003

The phoenix rises

Away from the overwhelming organic architecture of Gaudi and his contemporaries , a visit to this shine of Modern architecture is a unique and powerful experience. Built in 1928 as a temporary exhibition stand in the current Worlds Fair for Germany, then destroyed soon after, it has taken the best part of sixty years for the funds to be made available for it to be rebuilt. And rebuilt it has bee , down to the last immaculate detail. God is in the

detail said its creator - go and stand inside this monument to modernism and feel the same awe as its visitors must have had getting on for 80 years ago when it was built and try and work out, how on earth did Mies dream this thing up......?

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