It’s one of modern Barcelona’s most important architectural sites and a minimalist gem located very near the magic fountain at Montjuïc.
Like the 1992 Olympic Games, the International Exposition of 1929 left its mark on Barcelona, and especially on Montjuïc, in the shape of the stadium, the magic fountain and a very special building. Each of the countries taking part in the exposition commissioned the building of a pavilion and, in the case of Germany, the architect chosen for its design was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the leading figures in the Modern Movement. He conceived of the pavilion as a minimalist structure and the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion created quite a stir at the time.
The building was dismantled once the event had finished but, from 1980 on the architect Oriol Bohigas started to reconstruct it based on the original plans. The result is that we can now see the pavilion in its original glory, complete with green marble from the Alps and golden onyx from the Atlas mountains.
The pavilion is open every day and can be visited at a reasonable price. If you’ve yet to discover it, maybe it’s time.
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