Van Der Rohe Theatre Project Analysis

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 's Theatre Project (1947) Luciana Fornari Colombo Introduction Many publications exist on the work of the renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Aachen, 1886 – Chicago, 1969). However, little attention has been given to the Theatre project that Mies designed and exhibited in 1947 (Figure 1). In fact, publications have described this project through a few sentences or even omitted it all together.(1) The present article addresses this research gap by exploring the context and the design theme of Mies 's Theatre project, as well as its significance, remnant documentation, relationship to teaching, and influence. Figure 1 – Schematic sectional elevation, Theatre Project, 1947, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe [Drawing and photographs by Luciana Fornari Colombo. Original collage drawing available at the Museun of Modern Art New York (MoMA NY) online collection ]. 1 Entrance hall 2 Technical facilities and foyer 3 Backstage 4,5 Stage 6 Seating area 7 Acoustic reflector 8 Glass skin Context and design theme: experiments in theatre architecture and clear-span structure By 1947, when Mies launched the Theatre project in his solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA NY),(2) he had never been commissioned to design a theatre. Thus, the origin of Mies 's interest in the theme of the theatre was largely speculative. This interest had been awaken several years before,(3) and it had been shared with architects of his acquaintance. For

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