Barcelona Pavilion

December 6th, 2017
Barcelona Pavilion

Mies van der Rohe designed the German Pavilion for the International Exhibition
of Barcelona in 1929. It was destroyed in 1930 but reconstructed in 1986. I was excited to finally see this building, given its significance to 20th Century Architecture. The openings lead to rooms, divided by glass panels and large beautiful slabs of book-matched marble. Their patterns evoke Rorschach inkblots. The hard surfaces are contrasted by the green curves of Dawn, the bronze sculpture by Georg Kolbe. Her presence is visible through multiple vistas and portals as you wander the small pavilion.

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