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Trip 1919–2019 /11/2019


This architectural journey immerses you in the history and the legacy of the Bauhaus. This training for visual artists, craftsmen and architects originated in Weimar in 1919, then moved to Dessau and was based in Berlin until 1932.

Trip Surroundings & New York /04/2015

New York, Boston, New Haven...

About monuments and individuality. About the individual and about monumentality.
Discover. Feel overwhelmed. Admire humble. Be strengthened.

Visit Daytrip to the pavilion


A day trip to the pavilion and the Krefeld period of one of the major icons of twentieth century architecture.

Trip /09/2009

Villa Tugendhat by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Brno and Villa Müller (both 1928-1930) by Adolf Loos in Prague are topping the ‘billboard’.

Trip /10/2008

Köln & Krefeld

The fact that Peter Zumthor builded a few notable buildings in Cologne is widely known.
The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe villas from the 1930s in Krefeld are also marked as “must see” since the lectures of Dirk De Meyer.

Lecture by Dirk De Meyer

't Leerhuys, Brugge

The significance of the projects realized by Mies after his immigration to North America are summarized. Cultural and other roots of Mies’ European period are used to analyze his later work.

Lecture by Dirk De Meyer

't Leerhuys, Brugge

What are the backgrounds of the young Ludwig Mies in the Germany Deutsche Werkbund, the expressionism, the Berlin conservative building traditions and the artistic avant-gardes? Early manifestos as Glashochhaus and his achievements in the twenties are highlighted.

Trip Berlin /04/2002

Berlijn en omgeving, Berlijn

The city of Berlin is an emotionally loaded city, a mystical metropolis. The images of Berlin are burned into our collective memory. Berlin is a city with an ‘Earth-shaking’ history in a country with a horrific past.

Trip The Sky is the Limit /04/1995

Chicago, Racine, Madison

A fascinating journey that konfronteert us with the historical work of Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, until the recent work of SOM and Jahn.

Lecture by Paul Kongs

't Leerhuys, Brugge

His style is characterized by clean lines and a consistent use of steel and glass and constructive clever and aesthetically pleasing corner solutions. The absence of ornaments marked a clear break with tradition.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies; °Aachen, March 27, 1886 – †Chicago, August 17, 1969) was a German-American architect.

He worked in his father’s stone-carving shop and at several local design firms before he moved to Berlin, where he joined the office of interior designer Bruno Paul. He began his architectural career as an apprentice at the studio of Peter Behrens from 1908 to 1912, where he was exposed to the current design theories and to progressive German culture, working alongside Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, who were later also involved in the development of the Bauhaus. Mies served as construction manager of the Embassy of the German Empire in Saint Petersburg under Behrens.

Ludwig Mies renamed himself as part of his rapid transformation from a tradesman’s son to an architect working with Berlin’s cultural elite, adding “van der” and his mother’s surname “Rohe”, using the Dutch “van der”, because the German form “von” was a nobiliary particle legally restricted to those of genuine aristocratic lineage.

In 1913, Mies married Adele Auguste (Ada) Bruhn (1885-1951), the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. The couple separated in 1918, but had three daughters: Dorothea (1914-2008), an actress and dancer who was known as Georgia, Marianne (1915-2003), and Waltraut (1917-1959) who was a research scholar and curator at the Art Institute of Chicago. During his military service in 1917, Mies fathered a son out of wedlock. In 1925 Mies began a relationship with designer Lilly Reich that ended when he moved to the United States; from 1940 until his death, artist Lora Marx (1900-1989) was his primary companion. Mies carried on a romantic relationship with sculptor and art collector Mary Callery for whom he designed an artist’s studio in Huntington, Long Island, New York.

Every aspect of his architecture, from overall concept to the smallest detail, supports his effort to express the modern age. The depth of meaning conveyed by his work, beyond its aesthetic qualities, has drawn many contemporary philosophers and theoretical thinkers to continue to further explore and speculate about his architecture.