21 April 2015 // Laura de Wit //Amsterdam
At the day this blog is posted online I am visiting Barcelona, therefore I decided to take you on a virtual trip to this city, into what I find a beautiful piece of modern architecture: the Barcelona Pavilion. This building was designed by German architect and designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929. Ever since its construction it has been a rich source of inspiration for generations of architects. When entering the spacious one floor pavilion you are surrounded by large glass walls in shiny steel constructions and enormous marble surfaces with kaleidoscopic patterns. These are formed by different layers of the same marble placed symmetrically next to each other. This precise and geometric use of materials is what defines Van der Rohe's work.
As an addition to the pavilion Van der Rohe designed a chair that matches the architecture's modernistic interior by combining the materials steel and leather. This chair that has become an iconic design is called the Barcelona Chair.