The Pavelló alemany in Barcelona is a must stop location for photographers. Like many thousands of visitors, I was deeply impressed by its beautiful simplicity, with its seamless merging of external and internal spaces the entire building is a free-flowing work of elegance and order. The use of green marble, onyx and other natural materials mixed with steel and glass are reflected extensively by the two shallow pools that work like mirrors creating multiple views. In one corner stands the contrastingly elegant sculpture of Alba, her form and curves only serve to emphasise the ordered lines and simplicity of this stunning building.
Built for the Barcelona International Exposition of 1928 and designed by German architect Mies van der Rohe it was meant as a demonstration of "the clarity, simplicity and honesty" of Germany at that time. In 1930 once the exposition was over the building was disassembled. By the end of the 1950's Mies van der Rohe was considered internationally as a pioneering master of modern architecture and Pavelló alemany a key piece for the understanding of the modern movement. A project for the reconstruction of the pavilion was proposed and in 1986 a full reproduction was once again built in its original location of 1928.
All photographed with Contax S2 & Carl Zeiss Distagon T* ƒ2.8 28mm lens on Fuji Neopan 400 and Kodak Portra 400