Today is the 129th birthday of Mies van der Rohe, the great 20th century architect whose pioneering work with glass and steel helped define modern architecture as we know it. So obviously we're celebrating. All over the Curbediverse today, we'll be taking a fervent look at Mies and his legacy, a party you can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #MiesDay. But first, here are five important, fun, or otherwise intriguing facts about Mies to get the day started:
5. Mies served as the last director of Bauhaus, the famous German school for experimental art and design, before closing it down under Nazi pressure in 1933 and emigrating to the U.S. in 1937.
4. His most iconic works include the pure white Farnsworth House in Illinois, the dark and glassy Seagram Building in New York City, and the New National Gallery in Berlin (recently remixed by British architect David Chipperfield)
3. Like all good architects, Mies also designed furniture! One of his best-known pieces is the Barcelona chair (1929), which he collaborated on with his personal and professional partner at the time, German modernist designer Lilly Reich.
2. Mies is famously associated with the phrases "Less is more" and "God is in the details."
1.The Martin Luther King Library in Washington, D.C. was Mies' last building, completed three years after his death in 1969. It was his only library and only work in D.C., and his signature style made it a rare example of modern architecture in the capital. The building, which has been designated a national historical landmark, is currently undergoing a $250M total renovation.
And now, on with #MiesDay!
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