One of the icons of postwar modernism in Flanders, and a highlight in the work of Ir. Architect Paul Felix (1913-1981), was opened exactly 50 years ago, to be subsequently closed (to the public).
There is a rare charm and something indescribable personal from all that is in the hands of Asplund & Lewerents.
Jacobsen’s design style can be described as functionalist, because the shape is always determined by the function. Arne Jacobsen was influenced by Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Bauhaus. Jacobsen, in turn, has affected many other designers.
End of March 1930 a highly acclaimed evening debate in Bruges was organized with the theme “Should we build in Bruges in modern style??
The theme is still relevant. Repeating this debate with equal speakers is a challenge!
Philip Johnson takes us on his 40-acre estate in New Canaan, Connecticut – his own laboratorium- and supplies the necessary witty and humorous commentary.
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.
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.
“The main symbol of the architecture is no longer the massive brick but the open box.”
While the designers of the Case Study Houses (Charles & Ray Eames, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Pierre König …) claimed to have no interest in style, their formal language of thin walls, sleek styles and connecting beams was in fact a simplified linear version of the volumes of Neutra, Schindler and Wright.
Flemming Lassen and Arno Jacobsen had just completed in 1919 their classical training, but now shared a dream with the European avant-garde architecture where science and technology are able to loosen body and mind in open, lit spaces that are responsive to the position the sun.