Photo of “Matí” Sculpture by Georg Kolbe.

An immersion in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, an icon of modern architecture

Cases Singulars organises guided tours to discover every corner of the work designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. 

Barcelona is a city that is home to emblematic buildings that are easy to marvel at. One of these is the Pavelló Mies van der Rohe (also known as the Pavelló Alemany de Barcelona), located next to the Magic Fountain. If you would like to know and discover what is inside this work designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, don't hesitate to visit it thanks to the visits organised by Cases Singulars, on 28th of January and 25th of February. 

This is a central building in the history of 20th century architecture, built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition to host the official reception of King Alfons XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia together with the German authorities. The Pavilion was to be the image of the new Germany in the world, after the defeat of World War I, with the Weimar Republic. Today, however, the building is not the original, but a reconstruction from 1986, promoted by Oriol Bohigas, under the direction of the architects Cristian Cirici, Fernando Ramos and Ignasi de Solà-Morales.

You will enter a structure with a route where there is no clear boundary between inside and outside, built with glass, steel and different types of copper. After strolling around the travertine terrace, you will see the central space with the golden onyx marble, the red velvet curtain and the black carpet representing the colours of the German flag, as well as the mythical chairs known as the "Barcelona chair", among other elements. All this without forgetting Matí, the sculpture by Georg Kolbe that emerges from water.

In 1983, the Barcelona City Council created the Mies van der Rohe Foundation with the aim of reconstructing the building and, at present, in addition to the tasks of preservation and knowledge of the work, it also promotes debate, dissemination and awareness of contemporary architecture and urban planning issues, as well as the work of the authors, among others.

Take the opportunity to visit this work of reference in European avant-garde architecture by means of the guided tours that take place on Sunday, 28th January and 25th February at 11.15 am in Spanish and at 12.30 pm in Catalan. The ticket price is 8,90 € and, if you want to buy it, you can do it from the website of Cases Singulars.

Publication date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
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