- Sound analysis of the subjects of detailing and choice of material in the work of Mies van der Rohe
- Well-researched documentation of a selection of buildings by an established connoisseur of his work
- All drawings uniformly redrawn by the author
Aims and Scope
It is understood that Mies van der Rohe is one of the most important architects of the Modern movement. But how do Mies’ ideas on architecture and on the logic of construction relate to his built – and sometimes unbuilt – oeuvre? This book investigates this question based on 14 projects, with a focus on the choice of detail and material. Specially produced three-dimensional drawings provide an easy-to-understand analysis of Mies’ construction concepts.
The projects include Lange and Esters Houses (1927–30), Tugendhat House (1928-30), the Barcelona Pavilion (1928-29), Farnsworth House (1946-51), Lake Shore Drive (1948-51) and the New National Gallery (1962-68). The investigation covers several decades of Mies’ work, and hence his German and American creative periods.
Edgar Stach Writes on technology and design, structure and form as well as energy and performance. Currently a professor of architecture at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, USA, he previously taught at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, the University of Tennessee, USA, nad Delft University of technology, The Netherlands. He teaches architectural design, technology and methods of construction.
Educated in Germany and Austria, he studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and the TU Wien, Austria. As an arhcitect and educator, he embraces Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s philosophy of “less is more” and believes in the purity of structure, form and proportion as underlying pronciples of architectural design.
Edgar Stach is a licensed architect in Germany. His architectural proctice focuses on synthesizing science, research and technology that embraces energy efficiency, ecological sensitivity and environmental responsibility.
008 Introduction – Space, Material and Detail
020 Houses Lange and Esters, 1927-1930
036 Barcelona Pavilion, 1928-1929
048 Tugendhat House, 1928-1930
056 Edith Farnsworth House, 1945-1951
066 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, 1948-1951
076 Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of Saint Savior, 1949-1952
082 Crown Hall, 1950-1956
092 The Commons, 1953-1954
104 Bacardi Administration Building, 1957-1960
112 Bacardi Administration Building, 1958-1961
124 2400 A1962-1963
130 Social Service Administration Buildling, 1962-1964
138 New National Galeery, 1962-1968
148 Project details
151 About the author
152 Illustration credits