THE GERMAN PAVILION
Receiving guests like King Alfonso XIII of Spain and other international authorities the German Pavilion at the 1929 World Fair taking place in Barcelona was an embodiment of the Weimarer Republic for its regained openness and contentment after World War I.
Housing diverse events during the World Fair the ancient Greek inspired Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was the sign and peek of modernity. Demolished with the end of the World Fair in February 1930 the life of the pavilion got only preserved through precise documentary photography. It wasn't until 1980 that Mies van der Rohe's marble masterpiece got reconstructed. Initiated by Oriol Bohigas and designed and supervised by architects Ignasi de Solà-Morales, Cristian Cirici and Fernando Ramo the Barcelona-Pavilion reopened its doors in 1986. Today the pavilion is the symbol of avant-garde twentieth-century architecture, which gives architectural bloom and purpose equal significants.
The Barcelona Chair
designed for the German Pavilion by
Mies van der Rohe & Lilly Reich
Words Caro Gettler
Photography Romain Laprade