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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Biography

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies) (March 27, 1886 August 19, 1969) was the leading architect of the modernist style. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Mies_van_der_Rohe [Mar 2006]

The Barcelona Pavilion

The Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was the German Pavilion for the 1929 World's Fair in Barcelona. It was an important building in the history of modern architecture, known for its simple form and extravagant material, such as marble and travertine.

The building stood on a large podium alongside a pool. The structure itself consisted of eight steel posts supporting a flat roof, with curtain glass walling and a handful of paritition walls. The overall impression is of perpendicular planes in three dimensions forming a cool, luxurious space.

The Pavilion was demolished at the end of the exhibition, but a copy has since been built on the same site. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona_Pavilion [Feb 2005]

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