The Barcelona Pavilion… Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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This is a┬áset of photos of the┬áBarcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe built in 1928 and demolished in 1930 but reconstructed in 1959. At age 16 as a first year arts student when this I first saw plans and photos of this building it was a total revelation. Up until that time I had no idea that a mere building could be so elegant, so simple. I had been exposed to and had visited examples of most periods of British architecture from stonehenge to the recently consecrated cathedrals Liverpool in 1960 and Coventry in 1962 but nothing like Mies’s gem. There are many wonderful and beautiful buildings in the world both large and small but at the small end of the scale this is perfection and one of the most memorable sets of photos I have had the privilege to shoot.

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