Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Mies was a director at the Baus Haus in 1930. He held the position until 1932 when the Baus Haus was closed down by an elected official.

Mies was already a well known architect before becoming the Director of the Baus Haus and worked on beautiful houses, halls and even skyscrapers in Chicago during his career.

One of his most famous buildings was the Barcelona Pavilion which he worked on a year prior to joining the Baus Haus.

(Featured above: Notable Features of Mies’ Barcelona Pavilion (1929)) 

The images above are a recreated version of Mies’ original work built in 1986 by Spanish architects as the original was dismantled in 1930 after the Exposition it was designed for was over.

In these photos of the rebuild it is easy to see the way that Mies’ effectively created ‘open plan’ living spaces with emphasis on space. Mies’ designs were about clarity-creating a space where the outside and the inside are merely separated by stone or glass. Giving the viewer the illusion of being outdoors while indoors. He worked closely with Lilly Reich on the interior of the building selecting the perfect furniture to fit with his modern and spacious design. The building was designed to show off the newly designed Barcelona Chair and a statue by Georg Kolbe.

The raw stone and neutral colours present in his work are so unlike anything of the time that they appear modern even today almost 80 years later.

The Tugendhat House (1929)

Listed on the World Cultural Heritage list. The Tugendhat house is a beautiful example of Mies work created for the Tugendhat family it is a modern marvel of design. Spacious interiors blend with well placed plants and balconies to lend a modern flare to an area of historical homes. The house was recreated in 2012 and is now open to guests and cultural events.

(Featured Above: Images of the Tugendhat House, original and recreation)

References: Information on the Barcelona Pavilion link link link
References: Information on the Tugendhat House link link link

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