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Friday, August 28, 2009

Montjuic & the German Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

"Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it is an intellectual one." - Helmut Jahn


The German Pavilion was designed and built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition and dismantled when the expo was over. Two of the significant aspects of this design were the use of columns to support the roof in order to let the walls define the space independently & the dematerialization of space through the use of refective materials.


Luckily I arrived on a sunny day when reflections in the material were clear to see. So for example, the marble wall on the right appears to be transparent, allowing for a veiw of the pool behind it.


nice materials and design details....high chromium content steel, travetine and green marble.




...the wall on the left seems transparent as well, as if revealing the wall of surrounding the pool behind it....

I could not resist adding this -instead of dematerializing space we now have a portal into space!
(BMW had a spot next to the pavilion - a large car show had taken over Montjuic that weekend)



In this case, the reflection on the wall erases it completely....


Another aspect of this building is that the floor and the ceiling are about 11 feet apart and a viewers line of sight is about 5.5 feet - exactly half way between the 2 planes of roof and floor, giving them equal weight in the visual experience of the space.




Loved this stone on the exterior of the building.





View of Barcelona from Montjuic (not near the German Pavilion)

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