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Mies began with the iron rocking chairs that were the standard in 19th century Europe. He then injected them with modern materials and a minimalist aesthetic. This was another instance in which the architect reused a conventional, classic form to produce a work of sheer innovation. The MR Lounge exists as a chaise lounge, an armchair, an armless chair, and an adjustable chaise lounge. It was at this exhibition that the term "International Style" was born. Rather than emphasizing the social, art historical and technological aspects of architecture the curators, Philip Johnson who later collaborated with Mies on the Seagram Building and Henry-Russel Hitchcock, emphasized pure appearance.
The exhibition was critiqued by architects and writers for clumping everyone from Frank Lloyd Wright to Walter Gropius under the same genre and overlooking crucial differences, and even crucial similarities, for the sake of categorization. The show ultimately proved to be an important moment in architecture's history, if only because of this controversy.
After 15 years of operation the Bauhaus is shut down by the Nazi regime. The modern aesthetic and "un-German" flavor of the school did not suit the nationalistic, neoclassical taste of German leaders. Many of the artists involved with the Bauhaus were exhibited in the Entartete Kunst exhibition, curated by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Unique to the Lemke House is its courtyard. No other house by Mies would feature this relation to green space. It's also the last house built by Mies in Germany, and he emigrated to the United States soon after.
This private residence was built for Karl and Martha Lemke. They purchased property on the banks of Lake Obersee in Berlin in , and construction of Mies's design began two years later while he was the director of the Bauhaus. The home features floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor terrace. The interior is furnished with pieces designed by Lilly Reich and Mies. The Lemkes lived there until they were forced out by the Soviet army in The house was then used as a garage, and in the 's the Stasi, or state security for the former East Germany, used it as janitors' living quarters and to store laundry.
The building was protected with landmark status in and went through major restoration in through Commissioned by Verseidag, the large silk-weaving company in Krefeld, Germany, this factory appears to set the precedent for Mies' work at IIT. The meeting between these two great architects, both living legends in their time, was momentous—particularly for the men themselves. Mies had long admired Wright's work and infused his own buildings with Wright's sense of spatial relationships. The German architect, unlike his peers at the Bauhaus, did not overemphasize functionality, instead tempering usefulness with elegant materials, fluid space, and an original aesthetic.
This won the respect of Wright. Not only was it the first building Mies designed for IIT, but it was also his first construction in America. At the time, very little was built, especially projects using steel, in order to conserve metal for the war effort. Therefore, construction on the Minerals and Metals Building was no doubt deemed a necessity for the war effort, even with its use of steel.
The dedication ceremony was kept short and simple to comply with wartime restrictions. As was hoped, the theme struck was a modern one.
At its 15th Anniversary Exhibition in , the Museum of Modern Art honored the Minerals and Metals Building as an outstanding example of modern functional architecture. It is in the Minerals and Metals Building that we first see Mies use the rolled-steel I-beam as part of his structural grammar. However, what really caught the attention of the architecture community was the visible, irregular steel frame at the south end of the building.
The critics were wrong. In the many years since the war ended, Minerals and Metals has served a variety of purposes ranging from research lab to lecture hall. The interior of Minerals and Metals now resembles the machinery-filled space that it was originally designed for. As such, it framed the architectural language that guided the majority of other academic buildings.
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This module is delineated in steel on facades of most campus buildings. Thus, the columns you see are actually mullions that hold the brick and glass panels. You may also notice that the steel mullions stop short of the ground. Some believe that Mies wanted to express their true non-bearing role; though rust, a more practical reason, has also been cited. Philosophy behind it. Beinahe nichts—almost nothing.
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Rather, he moves toward the absence of architecture—architecture as a function of life. These buildings may seem forcibly barren until seen as one unit within the campus context. Only then does the beauty of the full experience emerge. Mies first developed his trademark corner in response to challenges created by fireproofing. At the same time, he reinforces the distinction between structure and skin while avoiding an awkward junction of brick and steel at the corners. What people say. Each bay is divided by an exposed steel I-beam, meant to demonstrate the distinction between structure and enclosure.
Chemistry Building was completed in , and then renamed and dedicated as Wishnick Hall on October 17, in honor of Robert Isidore Wishnick. He later received a LL. He attended the dedication ceremony with his wife, Freda, and the youngest of his three children, William. News reports of the ceremony describe how Mr. Wishnick Hall's position as a main hub on campus made its dedication a great honor. Even still, heavy use over nearly half a century meant that by the early s, the building had suffered a good deal of wear and tear.
With the help of the Mies van der Rohe Society, funding for the renovation and restoration of both S. Crown and Wishnick Halls was raised in Following the restoration of Crown Hall, work on Wishnick began in Particular efforts were made to match the original ceiling tiles, which are no longer produced. These provided good cover for some of the new mechanical and electrical work. The final phase of the restoration, replacing the concrete porch, was completed in summer In many ways, Perlstein is a culmination and amalgamation of many ideas Mies was developing on the IIT campus—in particular the expression of structure, modular organization, construction detailing.
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For example, Perlstein measures 12 bays long, 5 bays wide, and 2 bays high, with the entrance of 3 bays located on the southern end. The modular grid continues inside. Mies uses the grid to organize the interior into three zones: outer, inner, and circulatory. Spaces requiring natural light, such as classrooms, are located within the bay along the outer periphery; while auditoria, toilets, and other functions not needing natural light are located in the middle. An interior courtyard garden, another Mies trademark and the first of its kind in the United States, provides natural light for offices and conference rooms within the interior zone.
Yet its true genius lies in the way it underlies—not overbears—the logical organization of space. One unique aspect of Perlstein is the juxtaposition of two different structural systems. Structurally, the lab is a one-way, gothic-type system, whereas the rest of the building is a two-way, classically based system. So all of this becomes a fabric, a kind of weaving that works together or hangs together.
The Promontory Apartments mark Mies' foray into high-rise buildings.
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Notably, it was the first tall building to exhibit its construction materials. Concrete, beams, and columns were left in plain sight, winning the praise of critics. The design of the building gave the most units possible a view of Lake Michigan, and the aesthetic was just as thoughtful.
This project resulted from the relationship Mies struck up with Chicago developer Herbert Greenwald, a collaboration that yielded over a dozen major buildings and complexes, including the Commonwealth Promenade Apartments and Lake Shore Drive Apartments. It—two parallel planes held in suspension between the earth and sky by only eight steel columns—seems simple, but Mies worked through drawings to come to his final, fearless design.
However, Mies did not create the Farnsworth House to be an iconic glass box viewed from afar. Rather, he hoped to create a space through which life unfolds both independently and interdependently with nature. Edith Farnsworth, a brilliant doctor, first met Mies at a cocktail party in Chicago. Familiar with his work, she asked if he would design a small weekend retreat for her on the banks of the Fox River. Upon visiting the acre site, largely within a flood plain, Mies perceived the true power already present within the natural landscape.
Thus began his quest for a transparent structure that would minimize the boundary between man and the natural world.
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With an open floor plan of only square feet, he created three distinct spatial interfaces: a transparent house, a covered terrace, and an open deck. Edith Farnsworth nurtured a sophisticated intellect and daring stance. For some time, she and Mies enjoyed a deep friendship fused by common interest and parallel intellect, often spending days and evenings together both on and off site. She sold the house in to a British Lord after living there periodically for several decades. Edith, who died in , never lived to know her house as one of the most widely acclaimed 20th-century structures.
About the buildings. The materials are common: steel, aluminum, glass. Yet these buildings are renowned for their structural clarity and composition.
Using steel straight from the mill, Mies built with the eye and intent of an artist, striking the perfect balance between rational structure and irrational spirit. The vertical windows and columns emphasize height. He relied not on applied ornamentation, but rather on clarity of form achieved through elegant proportions—window width:height, spandrel:column, bay:facade—and exacting detail. Prior to this point, structure was hidden within architecture.
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Here, Mies merged the two by exposing the steel, realizing his own words: "When technology reaches it true fulfillment, it transcends into architecture. At the pedestrian level, the open plan creates a flow of natural greenspace amid the plaza, unprecedented at that time in a city.