Starting at Goole’s homepage, today you will find a Google Doodle dedication to one of the groundbreaking architectural design minimalists Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born in 1886, when architecture consisted of grand, detailed buildings such as the Sun Alliance Building on Trinity Street in Dublin, Ireland (shown below).
Commonly referred to and addressed as Mies, this German master of modern architecture began working in his father’s stone carving shop, and then spanned out into some of Berlin’s local design firms. Finally ending up in the office of well known designer Bruno Paul. After some time with Paul Bruno, he joined the office of Peter Behrens as an architectural apprentice, and despite his lack of a formal college-level education, his hard work and energetic design ideas were quickly recognized.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s independent professional career blossomed into designing upper class homes and then finally joining the grass roots design movement that sought a return to the purity of early nineteenth century Germanic domestic styles. With a strong emphasis on broad proportions, rhythmic elements, and attention to the relationship of the man-made and nature, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began to return to his design roots embracing simple cubic forms of the early nineteenth century Prussian Neo-Classical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
Despite opposition, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe design ideas rocketed him to architectural fame. With many bold and unique design statements this well deserved Google Doodle combines Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s harmonized spirit with his emerging modern style. Mies’ ambitious lifelong mission to create a new architectural language will continue to live on.
Photo: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe