Mies Van der Rohe : LESS IS MORE
In 1927, Mies Van der Rohe designed one of his most famous buildings, the German Pavilion in Barcelona. He designed the structure of the pavilion to have a flat roof supported by columns. The pavilion’s internal walls, which were made of glass and onyx marble, could be moved around as they did not support the pavilion’s structure. The concept of the pavilion was to have the sense of “fluid space with a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors”, which then inspired his later on projects to have minimal framework of structural and therefore offered freedom of free-flowing to the space. He described his buildings as “skin and bones” architecture.
I have recently received comments from my tutors about my drawing being too heavy but in a way, not communicative enough for people to understand the event that happens in the space.
After I saw one of Mies’s drawing of the German Pavilion in Barcelona, which was mentioned in the lecture at the beginning of the second term, the drawing with very simple vertical lines indicate the height of the floor to the ceiling, I have realized that I do not need to fill the drawing with a lot of unnecessary information but by selecting the important lines to draw, a drawing can also be well communicated.
Mies attempted to bring clarity and simplicity into his design; in other words, he clearly indicated minimalism in his design He used modern materials such as glass and industrial steel in his buildings. Over the last twenty years of his life, he had been developed his famous “skin and bone” architecture, which later on influenced architectural design in many aspects.