Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Architecture: Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe 126th Birthday

Legendary: Mies is survived by his incredible architecture

Today we celebrate the posthumous birthday of one of the world's most prolific architects and designers Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969) . The German-American architect who was (and is) commonly addressed as Mies (his surname at birth), was regarded as being one of the pioneers of Modern architecture along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, of whom were all key people within the Bauhaus movement. Mies designed some incredible buildings which included the Barcelona Pavilion, the Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the S.R. Crown Hall and Farnsworth House which are both listed building in the United States. He is said to have coined the notable term for his work as having been 'skin and bones' architecture and terms such as 'less is more' and 'God in the details' are also said to have been associated with the profound designer. Mies is one of the forefathers of Modernist architecture, and without his architectural explorations over his 83 years of life we would not have some of the architecture we have today. He won several awards for his architecture which consisted of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Gold Medal, the RIBA Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom of which he all fully deserved. Today we celebrate a man who changed and influenced the world for the good, and here is our tribute from OBWD, enjoy some of his designs....

“It is hopeless to try and use the forms of the past in our architecture….Again and again we see talented architects who fall short because their work is not in tune with their age.” ¹ Mies van der Rohe, 1924

Mies van Der Rohe Google tribute

Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Library, Washington USA

Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain

Villa Tungenhat, Brno, Czech Republic

Farnsworth House, Illinois, USA

  • Check out Google's tribute to Mies HERE. If you wish to read up more about Mies you can check out the RIBA blog.