Mies in Brussels 1934. Synthesis of an Unbuilt Exhibition Architecture

Laura Lizondo Sevilla, José Santatecla Fayos, Nuria Salvador Luján


The article delves into the complex world of exhibition architectures, those whose destiny is reduced to be mounted, exposed and dismantled in a short period of time. A process that allows a quick experience of architecture, bounded in time, and whose experimentation gives rise to the birth of new concepts. The text focuses on the German Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe for the Brussels World’s Fair of 1934, his only unbuilt ephemeral architecture due to the political uniqueness of the moment. Now, criticism and the archive allow us to reinterpret its contribution to the history of architecture.


Mies; Germany; Exhibiting Pavilions; World’s Fair; Brussels

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