Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion (Documentary)
The Barcelona Pavilion is one of the greatest and most famous pieces of modernist architecture.
It was originally designed for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe but was demolished after the exposition ended. Mies had a series of photographs taken of the building beforehand and thanks to these images, a group of Catalan architects were able to reconstruct it between 1983 and 1986.
This documentary details every innovate aspect of the building, with quotes from Mies himself. Every element of the building had a purpose without the coldness of others of the era. Innovation was underlying theme, with opulence from the materials used (red onyx, marble and travertine.) As a lover of both Mies and the construct, I found it fascinating and learnt a lot from it. Anyone with even a passing interest in architecture, design, or the modernist period will enjoy the documentary.