Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | German Pavilion | Barcelona Universal Exposition | 1929
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) with Philip Johnson (1906-2005) | The Seagram Building | 375 Park Avenue | New York | 1958
Via: Design Culture
"A view from architect Philip Johnson’s office in the Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Johnson in 1957. Photograph by Julius Shulman."
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | Unbuilt project | Ron Bacardi Administration Building | Santiago de Cuba | 1957-1960
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | S.R. Crown Hall | IIT Campus (Illinois Institute of Technology) | Chicago Illinois | 1950-56
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | Villa Tugendhat | Brno, Czech Republic | 1928-1930
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | Chicago Federal Center | 1959-1964 | Photo: Elliott Erwitt – 1969 – Magnum Photos
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | German Pavilion | Barcelona Universal Exposition | 1929 | Photo: Adam Olszański
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | 860–880 Lake Shore Drive | Chicago | 1949-1951
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) with Ludwig Hilberseimer & Alfred Caldwell (Landscape Architect) | Lafayette Park | Detroit, Michigan | 1955-1963
Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park Housing Project, (1959)
Lafayette Park, just northeast of downtown Detroit, is a 78-acre housing development designed and realized by Mies van der Rohe. The first urban renewal project in the United States, it was founded by developer Herb Greenwald to help keep the middle class in the city. Alfred Caldwell, Mies’ longtime collaborator, did all landscape design on the project, and Ludwig Hilberseimer handled the urban design (in the only professional collaboration between Hilberseimer and Mies).
The complex is a collection of one- and two- story townhomes, a small neighborhood shopping center, and two high-rises set adjacent to a 19-acre municipally-operated park also called Lafayette Park. The buildings are planned along three roadways that enter the development from the west. Mies planned for Lafayette Park to embrace the automobile from the beginning—after all, Detroit is the Motor City. However, he does not show off the parking areas, instead sinking them about four feet below the level of the sidewalks and laws of the townhomes. A resident peering out of the floor-to-ceiling windows of his unit would scarcely be able to see them.
Some of the land around the townhomes themselves is carefully left as green space to serve as a passive recreation area for the children who live there. The development is adjacent to a public elementary school, one of Detroit’s best, and Mies carefully designed the circulation of Lafayette Park to allow children to get from their townhome to school without having to cross a street. - Rudy Godinez