Mies Van Der Rohe Analysis

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3. MIES VAN DER ROHE INFLUENCE 3.1. The Farnsworth House [Fig 19] The Glass House, New Canaan [Fig 20] Farnsworth House, Illinois “The idea of a glass house comes from Mies van der Rohe. Mies had mentioned to me as early as 1945 how easy it would be to build a house entirely of large sheets of glass. I was skeptical at the time, and it was not until I had seen the sketches of the Farnsworth House that I started the three-year work of designing my glass house. My debt is therefore clear, in spite of the obvious difference in composition and relation to the ground.” (Johnson 1950:153) The Glass House, has been considered as a copy of the house that Mies van der Rohe built for Dr. Edith Farnsworth near Chicago. Moreover, some authors,…show more content…
Yet these houses are very similar, as both are glass boxes, there are many differences between them in terms of spatial composition or how the houses relate to the outside environment. The main feature of the Glass House is its transparency that plays with light and reflection and allows the outside scene in the interior and at the same time, it allows the interior scene play a part as if it was another element of the landscape. Therefore when we capture these scenes in a photographic image, it produces an uncanny effect. On the one hand, the image overlaps both scenes, interior and exterior, as one. On the other hand, the scene captured makes us doubt if the elements that appear are outside or inside the house. To conclude, the Glass House brings up another subject, the problem of dwelling. The house is the opposite of comfort and privacy due to the permanent exposure to the exterior favored by the glass panels that surround the structure. The sparceness of the furniture and the extreme orderliness make difficult, if not impossible, for the inhabitant to “leave traces” of himself. Hence, in order to successfully dwell the house, the inhabitant should be extremely clean and organized, a kind of “radical aesthete”. The Glass House is treated as a work of art that provokes a feeling of

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