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Mies van der Rohe Foundation launches the Fear of Columns architecture competitionFebruary 29th, 2016

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The legacy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century’s greatest architects, lives on strong even today. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the renowned architect’s reconstructed Pavilion that was originally built for the 1929 International Exhibition, the Mies van der Rohe Foundation has launched the Fear of Columns competition. The architecture contest is open to all and seeks proposals for the temporary recreation of the pavilion’s eight columns and two side pedestals in Barcelona. The winning proposal will be realized with a maximum budget of € 15,000. The submission deadline is February 29, 2016.

February 29th, 2016

February 29th, 2016



The authorship of the design will be acknowledged, and it will appear on the execution of the proposal and on all communications made by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.


A detailed technical description of the proposal must be submitted: Size, materials, anchoring structure, assembly and dismantling plans, recycling proposal and so forth, with a detailed and closed budget that cannot surpass 15,000 euros, including the expenses for materials and assembly/dismantling. The project must include graphic and written information so that the specific lighting and evening visibility solutions can be assessed, if necessary, as well as safety and control systems. More details on website.


The jury will be comprised of professionals from different fields. It will meet once to review and look at the proposals received.