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7 Feb

Alternative architecture in Barcelona

This week’s post is about architecture, a very important subject in Barcelona – the temple and center of modern architecture in Europe.

To Barcelona, architecture is so much more than just Gaudí. Architects from around the world flock to the city to visit much of its more modern architecture.

Everyone who is coming to Barcelona knows Gaudi’s mesmerizing architectural masterpieces – Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Battlo or Casa Milla. Whilst Gaudí’s influence is not always visible in the style of modern architecture, it is often apparent in the use of colour and imagination.

Bold, brash, colourful, distinctive, harmonious, varied and unique are just a few adjectives that come to mind when describing Barcelona architecture. But what makes it most distinctive from others is Barcelona Pavilion – considered an exquisite example of modern architecture.

Short history of the Pavilion: it was built in 1929 as the German Pavilion for the International Exposition held in Barcelona that year. It was conceived as a temporary structure to host a reception for the Spanish king and the German authorities during the exhibition. It was designed as a statement of German technology and economic recovery after World War I.

You seldom come across a building that not only represents the values and progress of a nation, a society, but also succeeds in establishing a new norm, a new standard in the field of architecture. Barcelona pavilion (formerly known as the German pavilion) is an incredible creation of the path-breaking architect Ludwig Mies van de Rohe, known as one of the pioneers of the modern international architectural style. You could never imagine that this architectural piece was built in the beginning of the 20th century, marking itself as a bridge into the future of architectural modernism.

So if you are about to visit Barcelona or are in the midst of planning, make sure to not forget to include the Barcelona Pavilion into your list!