Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is considered, along with Gropius and Le Corbusier, to be one of the leading pioneers of modern architecture in the 20th century. For Barcelona's 1929 Universal Exhibition he designed this seminal pavilion which, despite being dismantled in 1930, was considered important enough to rebuild fifty years later on its original site, on Montjuic. The pavilion is a remarkable example of Mies van der Rohe's style, adhering to his famous aphorisms that "less is more" and "God is in the details". Four different types of marble were used to create the exceptionally linear structure, whilst two 'ponds' create an additional dimension of reflections. Definitely a must-visit for architectural students and aficionados, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion is open 10am-8pm every day and costs 4.75 euros to enter (concessions for the usual suspects and 20% off with your Barcelona Card). Exhibited within the structure is the iconic Barcelona Chair, as well as Georg Kolbe's impressive Morning statue.
It's easy to miss this little gem lying on the base of Montjuic mountain near Plaza Espanya but definitely worth a visit if you're into architecture. Warning: there is not much to see and tickets are quite expensive if you consider that fact, however at the very least you should see it from the outside. I found inside the architecture has a very calming aura.
reviewed by Orla from United States on Jan.29.2013