Mies van der Rohe “God is in the details” – 75 Mies cigar smoking photos

 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies; March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969) was a German-American architect. He was commonly referred to as Mies, his surname. Along with Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture.

Mies was the last director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture. After Nazism’s rise to power, with its strong opposition to modernism (leading to the closing of the Bauhaus itself), Mies emigrated to the United States. He accepted the position to head the architecture school at the Armour Institute of Technology (later the Illinois Institute of Technology), in Chicago.

Mies sought to establish his own particular architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras. He created his own twentieth-century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define interior spaces, as also conducted by other modernist architects in the 1920s and 1930s such as Richard Neutra. Mies strove toward an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of unobstructed free-flowing open space. He called his buildings “skin and bones” architecture. He sought an objective approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design, but was always concerned with expressing the spirit of the modern era. He is often associated with his fondness for the aphorisms, “less is more” and “God is in the details”.


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe German-American architect, pioneering master of Modern architecture Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, center, born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies on in Aachen and last director of the avant-garde Bauhaus design school smiles during a press conference of the Berliner Bauwochen held from August 25 until September 22, 1968 in West Berlin, Germany. 
Portriat of German-born American architect Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe (1886 – 1969) as he gestures while seated in an armchair in his home, Chicago, Illinois, 1956. 
Portrait of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe standing, smoking a cigar in Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1956. 

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe , the architect
Crown Hall, College of Architecture building at Illinois Institute of Technology

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