The building was originally constructed as the German exhibition for the 1929 International Exhibition being held in Barcelona. As Germany was recovering from WWI, they wanted the exhibition to showcase their new identity: democratic, progressive, and pacifist. It was torn down not even a year later, only to be missed so much by the Barcelona public that it was reconstructed in the 1980's.
Its dedication to straight lines and the soothing, cool colors were quite enjoyable, and it lends itself well to photographs. I particularly enjoyed the sculpture in the smaller of the reflecting pools.
The layout encouraged movement, with an outdoor pathway leading to an outbuilding and the other viewpoint of the larger pool of tranquility. We noticed earlier that the pools had quite a bit of dust and things floating in them. Clearly, the guy at the front had been shirking on his pool-skimming duty!
This was a lovely visit. I had studied Mies in several of my art history classes, but it was really cool to see it in real life, and have Taylor pointing things out in his architectural expertise.
(photos by e.hunt)