Friday Five – Barcelona Pavilion

Feels like winter’s letting go and I’m getting more and more excited about my trip to Barcelona this month. Celebrating by sharing some snaps of one of the most amazing pieces of architecture to be found in this magnificent city; the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe.

 

Friday Five take 1: The Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe, originally built for the International Exhibition in 1929. Can you believe this architecture is almost 100 years old?

 

Friday Five take 2: The relationship between interior and exterior in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion is so amazing. There is a free flow between the elements and the spaces feel unified and harmonic. It’s as if the border between inside and outside is washed away.

 

Friday Five take 3: The materials used in the Pavilion are quite dominant in the space. The pavilion itself feels very minimalistic, yet the drawings in the stones are quite prominent. It’s quite amazing how he was able to create such a feeling of simplicity and at the same time allow such a vast specter of materials and textures to dominate the space. The different materials also emphasize the various areas of the Pavilion and here you see how it creates an amazing backdrop for the Barcelona chair – designed and presented for the first time at this very Pavilion. The chair has become an icon of modern design and is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

 

Friday Five take 4: Another snap from the Pavilion taken a while back. We were so lucky as to have the whole place to ourselves. I would have loved to live in a space like this…if only for a day. The materials and colors clearly set the architecture apart from nature, yet the two sit so beautifully together. Still, the thing that always amazes me the most about this place is how much form, volume, space and division can be created by setting simple slabs in system.

 

Friday Five take 5: Not sure which Georg Kolbe sculpture has, to me, the greatest significance in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. As a contrast to all the straight lines and geometrical purity that dominates the space, the beautiful curvature of the human body is eye catching and very present. The sculpture is reflected in its surroundings; in the marble, the glass and the water, thereby appearing multiplied in the space. I think my favorite is this one. The human figure created by the water as a reflection of its actual self, somehow caught in the elements, but one that in a satisfactory way breaks it’s way out of the grid. 
Hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks Friday Five. Thanks for liking, commenting and following! Wishing you a fantastic weekend!

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