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.
Pavelló Mies van der Rohe
Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guárdia, 7, Spain
Our Rating Hours Mar–Oct daily 10am–8pm, Nov–Feb 10am–6pm Transportation Metro: Espanya Phone 93-215-10-11 Prices Admission 5€ adults, 2.60€ students, free for seniors and kids under 16 Web site Pavelló Mies van der Rohe
MapAvinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guárdia, 7 Spain Barcelona
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.