Virtual Guided Tour - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

We are all architects

In no country in the world is architecture taught as a school subject. A surprising fact, considering that we live surrounded by architecture, in houses, in urban landscapes, in organized and rationally thought-out cities. Sooner or later we inevitably become creators of space: when playing with dollhouses, furnishing our first flat or building our family home.

How to talk about architecture?

As a consequence, many of us consider ourselves competent architectural critics and approach architecture with stereotypes. But are we really able to discuss architecture? Can a building truly be reduced to the typical questions – is it beautiful, how much is it worth, is it solid enough?

Reducing complexity

Architecture is a complex system in which the various facets of human existence overlap and where our cultural, political, economic and social interests are materialized. Architecture is the constructed image of our values, that must be constantly renewed and adapted. Mies van der Rohe’s pavilion is an example of how to articulate the basic concepts of modern architecture.

A leap into the present

We consider architecture education a necessity to enable next generations to think, criticize and argue urban and architectural concepts and prepare young adults for the challenges of the future. We believe that architectural complexity can be simplified and communicated in a way that students can understand.

A building from times of crisis

The pavilion was built at a time when architects were looking for answers to the poor hygienic conditions of the cities shaken by health crises such as tuberculosis and cholera. The great depression and political instability were looming. A critical contemporary reading shows how these crises were understood as opportunities to create something new.

 

A didactic manifesto

Its authors, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and designer Lilly Reich, managed to capture the essence of modern architecture in this small building considered a masterpiece of the twentieth century. Designed as a sequence of innovative concepts on the perception of space, transparency, structure, limits, appearance and representation.

A virtual dialogue

Conceived as a ludic experience, the tour promotes dialogue with the students in coordination with their teachers, taking advantage of the opportunities that technology offers us despite the physical distance. Dynamically moderated by a specialized architect from the Guiding Architects Barcelona team, priority is given to interaction with the students. The graphical material used includes three-dimensional visualizations, historical and contemporary photographs, videos, maps as well as flights over the city.

How do we structure the virtual tour?

The virtual tour takes place in the form of a webinar with a duration of approximately 40 minutes and consisting of several thematic blocks that pose a didactic question. The architect explains in an interactive way and deepens the argument by means of a virtual model to the pavilion that allows students to explore and discover the basic principles of contemporary architecture.

The visit is available in Catalan, Spanish, English and German.

You can watch a preview of the virtual guided tour here