ARCHITECTURE: Happy 127th Birthday!

This week marks 127 years since the birth of one of the 20th century’s masters. Mies van der Rohe, your legend lives on…

Text: Mary Giatra


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), who would have turned 127 years old last Thursday, studied Architecture under Peter Behrens and was influenced by figures such as Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. He helped to develop modernism -the most enduring architectural style of the 20th Century- and made architectural history with his famous accomplishments. Transparency, structure, steel and concrete used to be his favorite themes, as he used them to create some of the world’s finest examples of architecture. We chose some of his most iconic buildings and famous quotes in order to celebrate Mies, one of the greatest inspirations of all times.

“ The long path from material through purpose to creative work has only a single goal: To create order out of the desperate confusion of our time”.

“We are not decorators, this is structure. We put up what has to be built, and then we accept it”.

“Architecture is a language. When you are very good, you can be a poet”.

“Great things are as difficult as they are rare”.

   “I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good”.

“Less is more”

“God is in the details”.

Photos, from top to bottom: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Illinois Institute of technology, Barcelona Pavilion, The Farnsworth House, Neue National Gallery – Berlin, Seagram Building – New York, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive