Farnsworth House

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect. Along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of Modern architecture. Mies, like many of his post War World I contemporaries, sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their era. He created an influential 20thcentury architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. 

The Farnsworth House, built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951 and located near Plano, Illinois, is one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture and was considered unprecedented in its days.













































“ I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi- protectionist attitude, to prevent 'bad' information from invading and suffocating the 'good'. Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."

Philosopher Michel Foucault