The competition Fear of Columns is an event we organized with the purpose of publicizing the oeuvre of Mies van der Rohe to all citizens and reflecting on the impact that the Ionic columns by Puig i Cadafalch had on this renowned German architect’s work.
We received 181 proposals to participate in the competition, the jury at their meeting held on March 9 2016 chose as winning proposal the project titled “I don’t want to change the world. I only want to express it” by Luis Martínez Santa-María (Madrid, Spain).
On 1 June 2016, the 30-year anniversary of the Pavilion’s reconstruction, we will launch the recreation in a public ceremony. The maximum period that the recreated columns will be physically present is planned for five months.
In 1929 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe built the German Pavilion for the International Exhibition of Barcelona between the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, eight Ionic columns and the Poble Espanyol. In 1986 the reconstruction of the Pavilion opened and now, 30 years later, the eight columns are recreated after an international competition called “Fear of Columns” won by the architect Luis Martínez Santa-María. In the report of the proposal he stated:“the multi-coloured row of columns made with industrial waste drums makes an irony to the threats of the industrial landscape and to the ambiguous and erroneous beauty revealed by it.” Perhaps the great German architect who once said: “I don’t want to change the world. I only want to express it. That’s all I want,” might have liked this ephemeral proposal.