One of the artist’s masterpieces that laid the groundwork of modern architecture.
The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion was designed by the architecture to serve as the German pavilion during the Barcelona International Expo in 1929. Few imagined it would become such a symbol of the Modern Movement and that it would end up being studied and interpreted from all possible angles. The original building, whose main materials were glass, steel and different kinds of marble, was used to house the expo’s official reception presided over by King Alphonse XIII alongside the German authorities. Once the expo was over, the pavilion was disassembled in 1930, but it had gained such fame that it became a crucial milestone in the architect’s career. In 1980, Oriol Bohigas spearheaded the initiative to rebuild it, so it was reopened in 1986 in the same spot where it had been built the first time. Tours are held all year long so that everyone can admire the simple beauty of the structure and learn about the more recent history of architecture.
The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion opens its doors 7 days a week from 10 am to 8 pm until October, and from 10 am to 6 pm thereafter. It’s a great way to learn about a building listed as a Cultural Interest Asset and as a Spanish Historical Heritage monument.
General tickets to enter the pavilion cost €5. You can find complete information on tours on the Mies van der Rohe Foundation website.
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