BARCELONA, design effects I
Fundació Mies van der Rohe: The Barcelona Pavilion
Barcelona geniously wears her gothic and baroque architecture, mixing it up with the modernista fairy-tale constructions and contemporary minimalist edificios and complexes.
Fundació Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion belonging to the latter ones, an island of balance and calm on Montjuïc, blew my mind by its laconic beauty and the amount of peace and pleasure it brought to our stay.
The Pavilion was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the German National Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exposition – commissioned by Georg Von Schnitzler, the German National Pavilion was to demonstrate the new spirit of the Weimar Republic and showcase “the clarity, simplicity and honesty” of Germany at that time. The project was dissembled at the end of the exposition, to be reconstructed and put back together in the original location on Montjuïc in 1986 by architects Cristian Cirici, Fernando Ramos and Ignasi de Solà-Morales. The same materials, glass, steel and four different kinds of stone (Roman travertine, green Alpine marble, ancient green marble from Greece and golden onyx from the Atlas Mountains) were used for the reconstruction.
Clean geometrical lines, precision of the pieces and clarity of their assembly – all were a breath of fresh air and celebrated the Less Is More philosophy. The same one that guides me in my jewellery designs too.