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The German Pavilion, Parc de Montjuic

Our visit to Parc de Montjuic literally took up an entire day. We had a little kid’s version of a tourist map with buildings that looked completely out of scale. This made it virtually impossible to tell just how big this site really is. Until you actually get there.

Parc de Montjuic or simply Montjuic Hill was the site that hosted the International Exposition back in 1929. Some of the important buildings that are still there to this day are the Palau Nacional, the Olympic Stadium, the Spanish Village, the Font Magica fountains, and a grand staircase leading up to the Palau Nacional. Also on this site are botanical gardens, and a huge castle that sits on top of the hill offering the best panoramic views of the city.

The German Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is located at the foot of Montjuic Hill.  It was designed particularly for the German section of the exhibition. This is where B and I got held up for quite a while, snapping photos of every angle and sketching alongside a bunch of students (nerds!). The pavilion was intended to be a temporary structure, and was torn down after the Exposition in the early 1930s. Sometime in the 1980s a group of Spanish architects decided to reconstruct the pavilion based from the original plans and photos, and now it sits proud and permanent on the site with a route leading up to the Spanish Village. This building is quite a significant piece of early modern architecture (I’m sure all you architecture nerds already know that!).



cruciform steel columns


because the marble is so shiny, you can barely tell where it ends


travertine walls, bench and plinth

The roof plates supported by the chrome-clad, cruciform columns gives the impression of a hovering roof.

sculpture by Georg Kolbe

the juxtaposition of materials acting as spatial dividers: glass, stone, marble and gold onyx


transparent glass brings the outside in.

white barcelona chairs

golden onyx

verde antico marble

the pavilion serenely resting on its travertine plinth blends well with the site

me acting silly.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Your shots are good and you write quite well. A professional’s hand, i could never tell. I knew you could draw, but this word play from you… you’ve got a penchant for pens, and oh, lenses too. So ill eagerly wait for the next blog or artwork, as long as no mention is made of those fangdorks 😉 ciao!

    July 8, 2010
    • Thanks dude! You’re not too bad yourself. Fangdork.

      July 8, 2010

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