In this essay I plan on discussing works by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I will carry out a concise discussion of the position and views of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as well as addressing his understanding of architecture. I will also be doing a concise analysis of two exemplary works by Mies. Finally I plan on discussing Mies position in and contribution to the development of Modern movement. The two examples I will be analysing are the Barcelona Pavilion and the Seagram Building.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in my opinion redefined what was modern architecture in the 20th century. He revolutionised architectural building and design concepts. He was a German- American architect. Mies wanted to establish a new architectural style that would represent…show more content… The Seagram Building is a high rise, situated at 375 Park Avenue, New York City. The building stands 515 feet tall with 38 stories. It is known as one of the finest samples of functionality tasteful and a perfect work of art of corporate innovation. The global style the building was manufactured was an immense impact on American structural planning.
It was a style that argued the functional utility of the building’s structural elements, when made visible, it could supplant a formal decorative articulation. The Seagram Building, like virtually all large buildings of the time, was built of a steel frame, from which non structured glass walls were hung. Mies personally would have preferred the steel frame to be visible to all. However, American building codes required that all structural steel be covered in a fireproof material, usually concrete, because improperly protected steel columns or beams may soften and fail in confined fires. Concrete hid the structure of the building, something Mies wanted to avoid at all costs, so he used a non-structural bronze-toned, to suggest structure instead. These are visible from the outside of the building, and run…show more content… As outlined, the building utilized 1,500 tons of bronze as a part of its development. On consummation, the development expenses of the Seagram Building made it the world's most costly high rise at the time, because of the utilization of costly, excellent materials and extravagant inside enhancement. Another fascinating component of the Seagram Building is the window blinds. As this was basic with International style engineers, Mies needed the building to have a uniform appearance. utilizing bronze, travertine and marble.
The Seagram Building is said to be an early illustration of the imaginative "quick track" development process, where outline documentation and development are done simultaneously. See image