Happy Birthday Mies Van der Rohe!

  • 27 Mar 2014
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A big happy birthday goes out to Ludwig (1886-1969), who would have turned 128 years old today. Mies, who studied under influential figures such as Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, helped to develop the most enduring architectural style of the 20th Century: modernism.

Among his most famous accomplishments are his seminal Barcelona Pavilion; his work as the head of The Bauhaus school; and, after the Nazi ascension in Germany forced him to emigrate, his leadership at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his 20 years at IIT, Mies developed what became known as ‘the second Chicago school of architecture’, a style of simplified, rectilinear high-rise buildings exemplified by projects such as 860-880 Lakeshore Drive and the Seagram Building. Mies’s minimalist style proved very popular; his famous aphorism ‘less is more’ is still widely used, even by those who are unaware of its origins. All of this makes him one of the most influential architects of the modernist movement and the 20th century.

ArchDaily logo, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive © ArchDaily

To celebrate him we have changed our logo to a Mies doodle (above) and have rounded up our great Mies coverage of the past. See the extensive list after the break!

And, for the architecture purists, all of Mies’ classics published on ArchDaily:

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Happy Birthday Mies Van der Rohe!" 27 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=350573>


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    Mies “studied” under Gropius and Lecorbusier…? “Studied under”… I don’t think so…Peter Behrens maybe…

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    ArchDaily gets things like that wrong all the time.

    Mies famously hated Gropius and only cooperated with him when he needed to in order to advance his own career.

    And the German avant guarde generally disliked Le Corbusier, joking that he was a “great painter”. Meaning that he was shallow and fanciful, and not intellectual. Or in truth, they were an intense group of functionalists, and Le Corbusier was not. But Mies was not a functionalist at heart either and had a generally positive view of Le Corbusier. But regardless, they only ever interacted with each other on a few occasions, so all that can really be said about them is that they were both prominent architects during the same time period.

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    Hey Jason, obviously you don’t know that they all worked together in the office of Peter Behrens! Gropius took him as last Bauhaus director, there was no ‘hate’ between them, but controversy.

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      Charlotta, the Pacific NW is one of the most beautiful plceas on earth; if I could I would live there full-time. The Canadian side as well. Beautiful post, darling one…

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    Really want to see a film talking about the stories between Mies, Corbu and Gropius. It’s just a topic like “Velvet Goldmine”: you know, the ambiguous and mystery relation between David Bowe, Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger. XD

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      It would seem an obvious stnmateet, Nick, but one that took a little time to learn. When you are so involved in a project, it’s often hard to step back and s…

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    I am looking for an architec who can draw me a triple storage hotel which need to have a dinning, auditorium,conference hall and boardrooms.

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