The Barcelona Pavilion

1928–1929

Mies built the German (or Barcelona) Pavilion for the Barcelona International Exposition of 1929. It housed the ceremonial reception space for German industrial exhibits commissioned by the German government. Mies united sophisticated materials with a fluid open plan, which together endowed the space with an unprecedented modern elegance. The architecture’s mass is balanced by a pond (featuring a sculpture by Georg Kolb) and a shallow pool on either end.