Architecture devotees flock to this mecca of modern architecture, originally built for the 1929 exhibition. Gaudí had been dead only 3 years when German architect Mies van der Rohe placed his sleek steel-and-glass pavilion in the Plaça d’Espanya, and the Catalan master might quite possibly still be spinning in his grave: What could be further removed from the swirls and curlicues of Gaudí and company than this elegant minimalist design from the architect whose motto was “Less Is More”? The Barcelona chair, that icon of modern furniture design, was designed for this space, and the original served as a 20th-century throne for the visiting king of Spain during the pavilion’s inauguration. The building was reconstructed in the 1980s by Mies fans who acknowledged the significance of this monument of modern architecture, creating the movement to re-create it in a preservation project above reproach.