The King of All Pavilions

Since we have been doing a lot of research on a new pavilion, I though it would be appropriate to look at one of the first, and most famous pavilions of all. The Barcelona (German) Pavilion.

The Barcelona Pavilion, as it is know for now, was created by Mies van der Rohe, and was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and then disassembled the following year. It was then rebuilt in 1986 because of it’s importance to the city and because many people and architects saw it as a symbol of modernity for the age.

Barcelona Pavilion

As I said, the pavilion was innovative for it’s time. Its innovative architectural structure marked a radical change in the layout of space and greatly influenced the development of modern architecture. If not only showed people about open space planning, but when it came to the use of materials, Mies showed that some materials can be used in ways that are not expected. The granite walls, which are thin enough for light to pass through, challenge the idea that marble has to be heavy, and completely opaque. Since everything was designed to be open and continuously flowing throughout the space, the pavilion has a very relaxing environment. His structural order to space has influenced the modern era in design, not only in pavilions, but many buildings as well.

Barcelona Pavilion

One thing that I think is very important in his work, is how he designed a pavilion, to not be a super structure. A pavilion should be easy to move through, with no obstructions in experiencing the space. Furniture is not important, as many people pass through the space, and don’t spend much time there. With this idea, I think our design of a pavilion was a good one. It took into context the idea that people wouldn’t spend that much time there, as it serves as a break area, or somewhere to just relax. So taking ideas from the well designed Barcelona Pavilion, and putting them into affect in our pavilion, proved to be a great precedent of design.


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