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Google Doodle marks 126th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe




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Published on: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 at 14:18 IST
Google Doodle marks 126th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Seattle: Keeping tandem with its special way of honouring people or marking events, Google on Tuesday celebrated the 126th birth anniversary of German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

The Google Doodle featured a building which is in fact an architectural image of the SR Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

The reason behind selecting this building to mark the birthday of Mies is because the Crown Hall is considered to be his masterpiece. Constructed between 1950-56 the Crown Hall is made of glass, and expressed steel frames and considered to be a significant example of the 20th Century Modernist movement.

In addition to the Crown Hall, other prominent buildings designed by Mies include Farnsworth House (Plano, Illinois), 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments (Chicago), Seagram Building (New York City), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and Neue Nationalgalerie (Berlin).

Mies, as he was popularly known, emigrated to the US after Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. It was here that he reached the pinnacle of success although his reputation as an architect had been established after the post World War I era.

In the US, Mies became the head of department of architecture at the Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, which later came to be known as the Illinois Institute of Technology.

He became an American citizen in 1944. Ludwig Mies died on August 17, 1969 in Chicago. He was 83.
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