Friday, February 19, 2010

mies barcelona*

it was a pilgrimage to be sure to a structural icon that expanded the repertoire of the modern movement in architecture to the multi-level versions that now tower and dwarf us the world over...
and this singular low-slung and hyper-precise pavilion representing Germany in the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition would endow the rigorous and romulian Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with almost god-like status to all the young architects who have marched on ever since...

[the Barcelona chair was a little tattered with an errant thread trailing out of its tufted stitching - I was tempted to tuck it back into the seam!
and if one stares long enough at the marble walls, monstrous and alien creatures will emerge in hallucinagenic flashes!]

[the Pavello Mies van der Rohe was faithfully reconstructed on its original site in the Parc de Montjuic and opened to the public in 1986, the original having been dismantled after the exhibition]

*more images of this pavilion are posted on my ZYGOSPHERE


Adam said...

I visited last summer, but for some reason I wasn't expecting to pay, and because time was short I just walked around the outside. It is a magical building, but it seems a little bit lost and hidden away in its newer location.

Gina V said...

apparently it is rebuilt on the original exposition location, but it is a bit lonely on its own now and feels even a little dismal on a very quiet and wet January day...on the other hand, we had the whole space to ourselves for a while and that was pretty special!
[I will soon post more detail pics of it on my ZYGOSPHERE site]