El Pabellón de Barcelona, Barcelona

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Explore inside El Pabellón de Barcelona, an iconic modernist building built for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona. Admire Mies van der Rohe’s use of minimalist design, simple forms, and extravagant materials such as marble, red onyx, and travertine. Bear in mind that this incredibly modern-looking building was built over 80 years ago. Discover the famous Barcelona chair and the bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe’s sculpture, “Alba.” Observe how the sculpture is reflected not only in the pond, but in the marble and glass, creating the sensation that it is multiplied. Browse the souvenir shop to pick up a book on Mies van der Rohe or one of his contemporaries. Plan to visit El Pabellón de Barcelona and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Barcelona attractions using our Barcelona journey planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    The Barcelona chair was created for the Pavilion for the exhibition of 1929. The reconstructed building allows the size of a small building of type Bauhaus vision.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Visit mandatory for architects and architecture lovers. A master of space and materials, must feel it and touch it. There is no comparable to perspective on-site photo. If harvest is not known or is not loved the architecture the $ 5 entrance and ride may not worthy. For everyone else, enjoy the experience!
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  • August 18, 2017
    Definitely an essential place that inspires tranquillity and deserving a visit if interested in architecture. Not being an architect I wouldn't see him again even if the ticket is only 5 euro.
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  • One of the most beautiful pieces of architecture ever built, a stunning place, tranquil and calming, simply amazing! As a fan of Mies Van Der Rohe's work, this was a real treat. €5 to enter, but well worth the price. Try to go when the place is mostly empty as its such a nice place to escape the hustle of the city.
  • Words can't describe how good this architecture is. Extremely comfortable makes me want to sleep and also magnificent use of materials. Bravo bravo bravo. I want one of his chairs
  • A dream come true. Like seeing a long dead loved one come back to life. I always admired Mies' Barcelona Pavillion since my first year in architecture school, over 30 years ago. All the black and white pictures were faded and grainy. But this was the real thing, in all its green, black and brown marble, dark red curtains, and porous travertine. The spaces flowed in each other. The chrome plated columns punctuated the edges of the spaces. The marble, glass and travertine walls flowed with the spaces. A masterpiece of design and space.
  • Fantastic! Meaningful to those who study architecture... but the maintenance is not so good, and the shop is not always open during day time.
  • This is a classic by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Can't believe that they charge €5 to enter though. IG 📷: thearchitectshoots

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