‘Inviting Life’, installation of the Master in Ephemeral Architecture at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

24 Jun 23 — 28 Jun 23
Location Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (Avda. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7, Barcelona)

The students of the Master’s Degree in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces (MEATS), led by professors Stella Rahola Matutes and Roger Paez, propose a rereading of the Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich.

Following the project ‘Beautiful Failures’ (2019-2021), which questioned the fragility and vulnerability of the two most delicate materials used in the construction of the Pavilion: glass and travertine, this second part, ‘Inviting Life’ (2021-2023), explores the changes that transform materials through natural effects through the study of travertine slabs.

The growth of mosses and lichens on the Pavilion’s stones is often interrupted by maintenance work that aims to give the Pavilion an aspect of invariability that corresponds to its mythical and prefixed image. The effect of the garden’s biotope on the Pavilion’s materials and the links with other organic agents create an imbalance, a tension, which can lead to change because matter is never stable.

The installation, the result of two years’ work by the team and students of the master’s degree, culminating four years of collaboration with the Mies van der Rohe Foundation, can be visited from 24 to 28 June (both included), between 10.00 am and 8.00 pm. The visits will take place in small groups and will include the participation of students who have worked on the project.