Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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1886 – 1969

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Who was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe?

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect. He is commonly referred to and was addressed as Mies, his surname. Along with Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.

Mies, like many of his post-World War I contemporaries, sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras. He created an influential twentieth-century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define interior spaces. He strove toward an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space. He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture. He sought a rational approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design, but he was always concerned with expressing the spirit of the modern era. He is often associated with his quotation of the aphorisms, "less is more" and "God is in the details".

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  • There's no place to put the furniture. I was born in a little village in Germany. I can dream and imagine this new world, but I can't live in it.

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Born
Mar 27, 1886
Aachen
Ethnicity
  • White people
Nationality
  • Germany
  • United States of America
Profession
Employment
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
Lived in
  • Aachen
Died
Aug 17, 1969
Chicago
Resting place
Graceland Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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