Wednesday, 3 September 2008
the barcelona pavilion
I took these images of Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion in the late 90s while visiting Barcelona for the first time. I came across them again recently and they reminded me of how impressive the space was. The pavilion had been one of the places I was really excited about seeing, as at the time I was a big Mies fan.
Although I now see how unsuited for functional living most of his buildings are, each time I visit one of them (I've planned visits to countries around his architecture!) I admire his single-minded obsession with aesthetics and organisation of space.
Mies used swathes of marble in the Barcelona Pavilion which contrasting with the glass walls, gives an understated and sophisticated feel. He also designed the classic Barcelona chair for the pavilion.