My brother was down for Christmas again and this year, in between the roast pork on Christmas Eve and the steak on Christmas Day, we decided to put together our first proper gingerbread house, built from scratch. We chose to build Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. The original pavilion, built as the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona, doesn’t exist anymore but it was reconstructed in the 1980s based on the original plans.

Barcelona Pavilion

Sculpture

Here are photos of the real thing we saw last year in Barcelona.

The Pavilion

The pavilion is built to scale (well, as much as is possible with gingerbread) using a blueprint we found online. It’s not made from your usual gingerbread but instead, Swedish pepparkakor, a recipe for which I used from Anne’s Food; I only halved the recipe but still had to freeze half the dough I made – the recipe makes a lot of biscuits. Very good, spiced, crisp biscuits, I should say. The pieces were put together with royal icing and gelatine sheets were used for the glass panes. It was fun… and tasty!

Further views of the structure can be seen in this Flickr photoset. If you’d like the plan we used, I’m happy to email it to you.

How were your Christmas celebrations?