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Mies van der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe


MIES VAN DER ROHE. Zimmerman, Claire

Cl. Koln,

Book ID: 82838

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 1969) was one of the founding fathers of modern architecture. The creator of the Barcelona Pavilion (1929), the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois (1945 1951) and the Seagram Building in New York (1954 1958), Mies was one of the founders of a new architectural style. Well known for his motto "less is more," he sought a kind of refined purity in architectural expression that was not seen in the reduced vocabulary of other Bauhaus members. His goal was not simply building for those of modest income but building economically in terms of sustainability, both in a technical and aesthetical way; the use of industrial materials such as steel and glass were the foundation of this approach. Though the extreme reduction of form and material in his work garnered some criticism, over the years many have tried mostly unsuccessfully to copy his original and elegant style. English/French/German.

96 pp., color illus.