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Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

Pavelló Mies van der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe, who is considered the father of Modern architecture, designed the German Pavilion for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. Today, we can once again admire this key landmark of 20th century art and architecture as a result of the painstaking reconstruction carried out in the 1980s in Barcelona.

The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, which is also known as the Barcelona Pavilion, is an iconic landmark of the Modern Movement and has been a source of inspiration to generations of architects. Its creator was the director of the Bauhaus, the school which changed the course of European art and design. The Pavilion is built from glass, steel, and four different types of marble (Roman travertine, green marble from the Alps, ancient green marble from Greece and golden onyx from the Atlas Mountains), which are the same types used in the original building. The importance of the Pavilion lies in the fact that its materials epitomise the ideals of modernism: perfect symmetry, open-plan spaces, precise distances and minimalism. The effect is complemented by Georg Kolbe's beautiful sculpture, entitled "Alba" (Dawn). It is strategically placed at one end of a shallow pool, its reflection visible in the water, on the marble surfaces and glass, giving the impression that it is multiplied throughout the space, while the curves and irregularities of the human form contrast with the geometrical purity of the building. The Pavilion also contains examples of the Barcelona chair, which was purpose-designed for the Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe. With its white-leather upholstery and metal frame, it has become one of the icons of modern design.

The Mies van der Rohe Foundation was set up by Barcelona City Council in 1983 to ensure the preservation of the pavilion and bring it to a wider audience. It also organises different activities throughout the year including exhibitions, cultural events, debates, lectures and congresses...

General details


Address: Avinguda de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7 (08038). Barcelona
Phone: 932 151 011
Web site: www.miesbcn.com
E-mail: pavello@miesbcn.com
Opening time: November-February: daily, from 10am to 6pm.
March-October: daily, from 10am to 8pm.

Occasionally the Pavilion can be closed to the public or could have limited access.




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Accessibility details


The Mies Pavilion is somewhat elevated compared to the level of Plaça Carles Buïgas, where the Magic Fountain is located.
The main entrance has 8 steps. For visitors in a wheelchair, there is an alternative access in the back of the building: you have to warn the staff to open the gate that leads to the back garden. From this entrance, on the avenue Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, there is a path (110 cm wide) with a small section of gentle slope at the beginning. Then the path is flat, crossing the garden and connecting with the Pavilion.
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The itinerary on the inside is flat and therefore has no difficulties for wheelchair movement. The space is large and free of architectural barriers.
The bookshop is accessible. The desk is 109 cm high.
There are no toilets inside the building.

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Last update: 17/07/2018

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