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.


Photo:  Google Doodle – 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).

Sun Alliance Building on Trinity Street in Dublin, Ireland

Source: Archiseek

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.


Photo:    The  celebrated  transparent glass Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.


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.


Photo: Barcelona Pavilion World’s Fair Pavilion, Barcelona  


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


Sources  include:
Noonje’s Blog
Google Doodle –  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe