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Tim
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Farnsworth House

Post by Tim »

I was at the Farnsworth House last week. Stunning.

Did Mies's view on houses (non apartments) ever catch on? Did any other architects pick up the ball and take it down the field?

EDITING/ ADDING

I've been on a Mies binge lately. I am making my way through this book (I bought used).

Mies Van Der Rohe: A Critical Biography by Franz Schulze

https://amzn.to/2qfCVgh


This was interesting: http://www.thefiftybyfifty.com/construction.html

They are trying to build Mies's 50' by 50' house.
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https://www.elmhurstartmuseum.org/explo ... mick-house

The influence of Mies is also apparent in John Entenza’s Case Study Houses, which in turn informed much of Southern California’s residential architecture.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_Study_Houses

Much has been said here about how Joseph Eichler was inspired by Wright, but its not difficult to make the case that Mies was more important overall to the final designs:

http://braxtonandyancey.blogspot.com/20 ... homes.html

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Post by SDR »

Excellent. Beyond the case of Philip Johnson, Mies's example did directly or indirectly influence some Case Study and other Western architects. Thanks for the little-known McCormick house, Peter.

It's a pity that bloggers Braxton and Yancey didn't think it necessary to identify their great little gallery of mid-century California modernists, from Neutra to Jones to Frey. They appear to suggest that their illustrated examples are Eichler homes . . . unintentionally, no doubt ?

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Post by peterm »

I got tired of searching for a website showing only Eichler photos, and settled for this one. The fact that it showed more houses that were Miesian helped.

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Post by SDR »

Yes -- it's a nice gallery. When I have time I'll try to identify all the houses shown. Offhand I'd say the single most-represented architect is A Q Jones, a good choice when speaking of Eichler ?

Ellwood and/or Soriano would be likely names on any Mies-influenced list ?

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Post by Matt »

You could also make an argument that traditional Japanese architecture was a source of inspiration for Mies and for many mid-century architects who favored a post and panel design scheme.

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Certainly. Post and beam construction wasn't invented by Mies van der Rohe. I suppose by Miesian we mean a reductivist metal and glass architecture, with solid panels of masonry or any other material as secondary
elements, perhaps with brick or stone floors, and with the metal members lovingly detailed in a way both minimalistic and expressive of the nature of these rolled or extruded sections ?

There must be better definitions of Miesian out there. Peter ?

Both the Greeks and the Japanese built with columns supporting horizontals; others assembled or carved clay, brick, or stone into enclosures of space. There are only so many plots to the novels of man's construction . . .

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Post by DRN »

Did other architects carry the idea forward? Most working with a project in that vein just carried it along, but not necessarily forward.
To the general public of my generation, the image of a glass house likely conjures memories of scenes in the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off�:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Rose_House

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Post by SDR »

Maybe the idea is its own conclusion, its own cul-de-sac on (or off) the highway of Architecture ? How do you see it being "carried forward" ? Is the ultimate a butted-glass house with no frame, like one of Foster's Apple stores ? The frame either gets thicker, or thinner, or disappears altogether ?

I imagine that Mies, if he had lived to the age of 120 or something, would have gone on refining the idea, but I kind of think he had perfected it and didn't really need to "say it" again ? We recall that Corbu went in a new direction after the war, after he had explored his first impulses to some kind of conclusion.

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Post by Tim »

I've been on a Mies binge lately. I am making my way through this book (I bought used).

Mies Van Der Rohe: A Critical Biography by Franz Schulze

https://amzn.to/2qfCVgh


This was interesting: http://www.thefiftybyfifty.com/construction.html

They are trying to build Mies's 50' by 50' house.

SDR
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Post by SDR »

Gathering your thoughts ? Any input gladly received . . .

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Post by Tim »

Mies Van Der Rohe: A Critical Biography by Franz Schulze for $49.91 https://amzn.to/2RkRniA

Reading this now ...

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Post by Tim »

http://www.thefiftybyfifty.com/construction.html

This guy is building a Mies 50 by 50 foot house, or some version of.

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Post by SDR »

Huh. The last two shots, of a gray metal barn, are a shock . . . Wonder if he's planning an all-glass exterior. Any idea ?

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I see you've gathered your thoughts -- or maybe retrieved them ? Is your thread under new marching orders ? I don't mean to pry . . .

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