Mies van der Rohe was commissioned to design this pavilion for the 1929 World Fair (Exposició Internacional de Barcelona). Bold and unprecedented, she defined and inspired many buildings who followed her. The famed Barcelona chair was designed for her.
Though the most extravagant of materials were used for her construction, she was destroyed only months after she was built. She was only ever intended to be a temporary message: Germany was back after the endurance and pain of the Great War. She took her form in this brute minimalism; different than anything anyone had ever seen; different than all other pavilions in the fair.
The Catalonians thought it too important to not preserve for future generations. So, they rebuilt her from the detailed original plans and photographs. Here she is, a replica.
From Italian ‘replicare’ to reply. I like to think of the original as the first call to the city of Barcelona from Germany. Sixty years later, she replied.
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