Mies missing materiality turned the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion into a life-size model for eleven days, with all its surfaces limited to a single white and uniform material under the will of architects Anna & Eugeni Bach as a trigger for reflection.

This artistic intervention has generated a book that is added to the collection of publications of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation: a beautiful edition where they are presented, in addition to texts by the authors of the intervention, the contributions of Juhani Pallasmaa, Fabrizio Gallanti, María Langarita, Carlos Quintáns and Juan José Lahuerta with images of Adrià Goula who is also the author of a short film that includes the whole process of the intervention based on Juhani Pallasmaa’s reflections. Once the intervention was removed, the material used was reconverted into an artistic piece that is now shown and incorporated into the collection of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Dressing the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion to strip it of all materiality

Intervention in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion


Anna & Eugeni Bach

Fabrizio Gallanti

Juan José Lahuerta

Maria Langarita

Juhani Pallasmaa

Carlos Quintáns


Adrià Goula