miesBorn today March 27, 1886 in Aachen, Germany. As one of the fathers of the modern movement, Mies’ work was a model for the late 20th century. Working and teaching in Chicago, Mies was commissioned to design the Seagram Building in NYC, on which he worked with Philip Johnson.

Mr. Johnson modeled his Glass House on Mies’ Farnsworth House. These photos at the Glass House were taken on Mr. Johnson’s 76th birthday: in front of the pool, and out the glass facade towards the pond below.  Back in the office I asked him if the (terrific) site plan was based on the acropolis, to which he admitted.glass housethrough mullions_greyscale

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