PHANTOM: Mies as Rendered Society
For many, the Barcelona Pavilion is one of the lesser-known architectural gems in Barcelona, often overshadowed by the likes of Casa Battló and La Pedrera in most sight-seeing itineraries. Yet it reserves an irrefutable spot in the history of architecture and design. So, what is all the fuss about?
Designed by German architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture—the Barcelona Pavilion is one of the most important icons of the Modern Movement and, indeed, twentieth century design. Known for its simple form and extravagant materials, the pavilion played an eminent role in the birth of minimalist design—in both its sleek, elegant architecture and the bespoke furniture it housed, which included the emblematic Barcelona chair.
Spanish architect, Andrés Jaque, brings the pavilion’s creator back to life this month in an intervention that takes us back to the inauguration of the pavilion and brings to light the previously unseen context of that moment—the matrix of people, technologies and institutions that made it possible.
Mies as Rendered Society highlights the extensive social and technological framework that stems from his work, through a series of objects, elements and materials that embody the legacy of Mies in our everyday lives.
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