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AD Classics: Lafayette Park / Mies van der Rohe

Situated at the eastern edge of Downtown Detroit, Lafayette Park constitutes the world's largest collection of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe. The 78-acre complex was completed in 1959, just after Crown Hall and the Seagram Building. It is not as well known as several Mies projects of that decade, however, and many critics argue the project deserves greater recognition. One of the first examples of urban renewal, it is a testament to the development's design that it remains a vibrant neighborhood more than fifty years after its construction.

AD Classics: Chicago Federal Center / Mies van der Rohe

The Chicago Federal Center, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1974, actually consists of three buildings which are arranged around and define the Chicago Federal Plaza. On the eastern side of South Dearborn Street sits the 30-story Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. On the western side, the 42-story John C. Kluczynski Federal Building and the single story Post Office define the plaza.

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AD Classics: Villa Tugendhat / Mies van der Rohe

The Villa Tugendhat was commissioned by the wealthy newlyweds Grete & Fritz Tugendhat, a Jewish couple with family money from textile manufacturing companies in Brno. The couple met Mies van der Rohe in Berlin in 1927, and was already impressed by his design for the Zehlendorf house of Edward Fuchs. As fans of spacious homes with simple forms, Mies’ free plan method was perfect for the Tugendhats’ taste; however, he was not their only interest in an architect for their own home. They originally confronted Brno’s foremost modern architect at the time, Arnost Wiesner, but after visiting various projects by each architect, the Tugendhats ultimately went with Mies.

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AD Classics: Landhaus Lemke / Mies van der Rohe

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Houses  · 
Berlin, Germany
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mies van der Rohe
  • Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    1933

AD Classics: Barcelona Pavilion / Mies van der Rohe

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Pavillion  · 
Spain, Spain
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mies van der Rohe
  • Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Mies van der Rohe,
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    1929

AD Classics: IIT Master Plan and Buildings / Mies van der Rohe

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Institute  · 
Chicago, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mies van der Rohe
  • Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    0

AD Classics: The Farnsworth House / Mies van der Rohe

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Houses  · 
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mies van der Rohe
  • Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe,
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    0

AD Classics: 860-880 Lake Shore Drive / Mies van der Rohe

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AD Classics: Seagram Building / Mies van der Rohe

Text description provided by the architects. Located in the heart of New York City, the Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe epitomizes elegance and the principles of modernism. The 38-story building on Park Avenue was Mies' first attempt at tall office building construction.

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Neue National Gallery in Berlin / Mies van der Rohe

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Gallery  · 
Berlin, Germany
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mies van der Rohe
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    1968