was born in aachen, germany, on march 27, 1886. after having trained with his father, a master stonemason. at 19 he moved to berlin, where he worked for bruno paul, the art nouveau architect and furniture designer.
in 1927 he designed one of his most famous buildings, The German Pavillion at the Barcelona expositionin 1929. this small hall, known as the barcelona pavilion (for which he also designed the famous chrome and leather ‘barcelona chair’), had a flat roof supported by columns. the pavilion’s internal walls, made of glass and marble, could be moved around as they did not support the structure.
the concept of fluid space with a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors was further explored in other projects he designed for decades to come. mies began working with lilly reich, who remained his
collaborator and companion for more than ten years.