Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion


The German Pavilion of Barcelona, located in Montjuïc and designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, is an architectural work that exemplifies how good design and modern architecture can become timeless.

German Pavilion: Built, deconstructed and rebuilt again

Designed for the International Exhibition of Barcelona held in Montjuïc in 1929, the German Pavilion is a work built with different types of marble, glass and steel that was born to house the official reception, presided over by King Alfonso XIII together with the German authorities.

After the closing of this exhibition, the pavilion was dismantled. However, the years went by and it ended up becoming a key reference to the work of Mies van der Rohe, with this the possibility of its reconstruction arose.

It took some 50 years for the initiative of the Delegation of Urbanism of the City of Barcelona, driven by Oriol Bohigas, to bear fruit thanks to the architects Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramos, who led the reconstruction of the pavilion.

Curiosities and materials

Undoubtedly, one of the attractions of the Pavilion are the different types of materials that constitute it. The mixture of textures, consistencies and tones make this architecture a unique work, with a unique strength and personality.

However, it is worth noting that the most amazing thing about this construction is the shape of it, a geometry of an unusual modernity at the time of its conception, in the 1930s.

Talking about interior design, one of the curiosities of this pavilion is the Barcelona Chair that is inside. This metal frame chair with leather base has become over time, like the Pavilion, in a reference model that still continues to be produced and marketed today.

Another of the elements to be highlighted is the sculpture by Georg Kolbe that, under the name of Amanecer, is made of bronze and located in the small pond of the pavilion, in a place where the crystals, marble and stone are reflected by water, which set is simply spectacular.That said, if you are passing through Barcelona, we recommend you to visit this German Pavilion in Barcelona located just 20 minutes by metro from our hotel in Barcelona, it is really worth it!