Mies van der Rohe: Architecture and Structure (Pelican Books, 1960) by Peter Blake is the second volume in a series of monographs on three masters of modern architecture (see the other two volumes on Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright). The book gives an overview to Mies van der Rohe’s architectural works and principles.
Among the great personalities who have pioneered this century’s revolution in building, Mies van der Rohe, for twenty years director of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, is the least theoretical, the most practical, and in many ways the most inspired. The son of a simple mason in Germany, he served an apprenticeship amid the dirt and noise of building sites. He comprehends materials perfectly, from the modest brick to the marble and onyx of his famous Barcelona Pavilion or the expanses of glass on the magnificent bronze-tinted Seagram Building in New York. For him structure is an overriding principle.
‘I don’t want to be interesting,’ he once stated: ‘I want to be good.’ Nevertheless it is impossible not to be interested by the career of this most professional of architects, with his severe classical standards and his ability to throw off such intriguing principles as ‘less is more’.
– Peter Blake, Mies van der Rohe: Architecture and Structure (Pelican Books, 1960), text from the back cover
The text is in English. The book has been illustrated with black-and-white photographs and architectural drawings.
The copy in our stock is in nice condition. The pages are clean without any markings, and the glueing of the binding is fine. There is some age-related yellowing on the upper edges of the pages, and the covers show some shelf wear and signs of use.