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Golden Oldie

Pavillon Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, Spain

Originally published December 2017. 

The Barcelona Pavilion, by Mies van der Rohe.

Over many years of working on numerous projects, I have always drawn inspiration from the work of some of the great architects from the past (borrowing from the past to enhance the future). Probably one of the most influential of these was Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) whose list of amazing projects have inspired so many modernist architects over the last 70 years or so.

There are of course so many of Mies’ wonderful buildings to choose from but I have narrowed it down to my favourite two, being the Seagram Building in New York (1958) and the Barcelona Pavilion (1929). I have chosen the latter for the simple reason that this building had a magical and timeless quality that, for my part, achieved an architectural perfection! It was designed as the German entrant for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona and it is an important building in the history of modern architecture.

Golden Oldie The Architect

About Simon Silver

Simon Silver

Simon Silver is a main board Director of Derwent London Plc. One of the Co-founders of Derwent Valley Holdings, Simon has overseen the design strategy for the group’s development and regeneration programme for over 30 years. He has overall responsibility for the commissioning of Architects on all Derwent projects. This has covered many notable schemes, including the TEA building in Shoreditch, the Angel building in Islington, Turnmill in Clerkenwell and most recently the White Collar Factory on Old Street roundabout. Simon is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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