Farnsworth house, by Mies Van der Rohe


In my opinion, Mies Van der Rohe is one of the best modern architects in Europe. When he travelled to the USA, he developed his best works like a modern, and also ‘minimalist’ architect.

Around 1950 in Chicago’s Architecture school the last tendency was to work to the limit of the materials: steel, bricks and concrete were the most popular.

For example, we can see these materials expressionism when Mies does the IIT project in Chicago. The walls are made with load-bearing, and the skeletal structures are constructed out of visible reinforced concrete and steel. Mies achieved elegance with very few materials.

The Farnsworth house leads glass to the limit, becoming one of the modern manifests about housing during the period.

The relationship between the Fox River, the house and the road is perfect. Nature is important in the project, like the place where it is situated. Is for that that this project becomes really well situated, where the trees become a vegetal curtain. I really like the interior distribution, because of its simplicity. I think it’s brilliant. The Farnsworth house is a masterly class from a genius. Almost no one, not to say anybody has been able to fit in a box a house as well as Mies did in 1951.


Here you are my personal interpretation and re-drawing of the Mies original plans:


The Mies van der Rohe archive : an illustrated catalogue of the Mies van der Rohe drawings in the Museum of Modern Art. Part II, 1938-1967, the American work
Mies Van der Rohe Archive (Nova York). Garland, 1992.

Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, 1945-50
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969. A.D.A. Edita, 1974.

Mies van der Rohe : Farnsworth House : weekend house = Wochnendhaus
Blaser, Werner, 1924-. Birkhäuser, 1999.

Farnsworth House : Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Vandenberg, Maritz. Phaidon, 2003