This year, for the first time, we join the Barcelona dibuixa, the great drawing festival in Barcelona. We transform the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion into a “Drawing Pavilion”.
The workshop, under the expert guidance of architects Queralt Garriga and Judit Taberna, will lead us to observe, learn and understand how the architecture of this unique construction is structured through the use of abstraction. Using the techniques of drawing and collage we will analyze the different spaces of the Pavilion conceived in 1929 by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. We will identify the lines and the most important elements of the space, draw them and materialize them using the collage technique and this will help us to see it differently and understand its composition.
Can the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion be abstracted with collage?
The first thing we will do is take a walk around the Pavilion, either in real life or through photographs, and stop at some point that specially calls our attention. Once there, the idea is to focus our sight, to observe carefully, as if you were a scientist. And, without prejudice, just like a small child would do, simply observe what is in front of you so you can really see it.
Forget about the information or the previous data you had completely and give yourself the opportunity to look directly, without any filters. Take some time…
Once you have done so, on a white A4 paper and in pencil, draw the main lines of the space you are looking at. No details or texture, just planes and lines, in perspective.
If you wish, you can choose to assist yourself with a photograph that represents the point of view you have chosen. You will find many of them on social media and on the Fundació Mies van der Rohe website. Then, the idea is for you to only pick some of the textures: the green marble walls, the travertine stone, the glass carpentry, the water, the sky, the vegetation…. you choose, but choose only 2 tops!
Then, take a colored cardboard or a texture sheet or pieces of photos and cut them out according to the shape of the architectural element you have chosen, and paste it on your line drawing. If you have chosen two materials, you can also attach pieces of cardboard of another color to represent this other material.
Book your space and come willing to open your eyes and use your hands to transport your gaze from the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion to a collage with scissors and all the materials we have set up or do it from home, and don’t forget to share the result on social media, we’ll love to see it! And if you share your drawing on facebook, twitter or instagram using #miesbcn and #barcelonadibuixa, you will participate in a draw for a notebook (of your choice) and a colour box that will take place on 30 October.
How do you see it? Do you dare to abstract the lines of the Pavilion?
The creators of this workshop are:
Queralt Garriga: PhD in Architecture with a thesis on the communication of architectural knowledge. Professor of the Architectural Projects Department in ETSAB and in l’Escola Superior de Disseny. Consultant specialized in architectural projects, management and research in the cultural environment and built heritage.
Judit Taberna Torres: Architectural graduete from ETSAB. Her research is related to the fields of photography, architecture and graphic expression. She teaches in the Department of Graphic Representation I of ETSAB, UPC and Escola Superior de Disseny i Art Llotja de Barcelona.