A big happy birthday goes out to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (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.
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!
- For the visually-inclined - Infographic: Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe
- For the pop-culture fans - From Mad Men To Mies: Why Modernism Holds Sway
- For the Bauhaus enthusiasts - Infographic: The Bauhaus
- For those looking to buff up their Mies bookshelf - Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies
And, for the architecture purists, all of Mies’ classics published on ArchDaily:
- AD Classics: Lafayette Park / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: Chicago Federal Center / Mies Van der Rohe
- AD Classics: Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston / Mies Van der Rohe
- AD: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: IBM Building / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: Barcelona Pavilion / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: IIT Master Plan and Buildings / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: The Farnsworth House / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: 860-880 Lake Shore Drive / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: Seagram Building / Mies van der Rohe
- AD Classics: Neue National Gallery in Berlin / Mies van der Rohe