Berlin: Mies van der Rohe Haus

This visit was one of the hightlights of the trip.Johan claims it is the most beautiful brick buidling he has ever seen.

The Mies van der Rohe Haus (Landhaus Lemke, 1932/33) is a gem of classical modernism. With this house, built for printing works owner Karl Lemke, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created a place emanating extraordinary atmosphere. Ceiling-to-floor terrace windows open the space to the Obersee park landscape. The clear architecture – reduced to the essential – unites man and nature both aesthetically and spiritually. Visitors find themselves drawn both to the details of the immediate surroundings as well as to the distant landscape and sky. The building’s strength lies in its harmonious fusion of architecture, nature, and art and finds appropriate expression in its current use as an exhibition space. The uniqueness of Mies van der Rohe’s creation inspires artists to integrate it into the design of their exhibitions. In this way, art animates the architecture, resonates with it and brings ever new aspects of it to the fore. The Mies van der Rohe Haus is a not only a space for art, but also a place for learning and contemplation.

It currently serves as exhibition space for the work of American artist Max Cole. For her exhibition "... to the line" Cole created new drawings after visiting Haus Lemke in November 2011. Mies' intended view into the nature, the houses width and the horizon are reflected in Cole's work.