mies van der rohe: krefeld golfclub project reconstruction, germany
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may 24, 2013
mies van der rohe: krefeld golfclub project reconstruction, germany


mies van der rohe: krefeld golfclub project reconstruction, krefeld egelsberg, germany
image © andreas ruhnau

all images courtesy of projekt mik

 

 

ludwig mies van der rohe
‘mies 1:1 golfclub project, a walkable architecture model
exhibition in krefeld, egelsberg
on display 26 may – 27 october 2013

 

 

 

more than 83 years ago the great depression stopped the construction of a competition-winning design by mies van der rohe before it’s starkly
horizontal planes could find their resonance in the rolling greenery of krefeld, germany. the structure was intended to provide a clubhouse for
the krefeld golf club and sited in a private landing strip on the outskirts of the former industrial town. now, under the direction of belgian architect
paul robbrecht, the building has been realized and will open to the public on may 26 2013. while the project is absolutely faithful to the original
plans and site, the approach is that of both an architectural object and 1:1 scale model.

 

dubbed the ‘mies 1:1 golf club projekt’, the built form is part of a greater endeavor by the society ‘mies van der rohe in krefeld’ (project MIK),
an association that aims to manifest miesian ideas with a tangible, walkable experience for the myriad and ever-growing generations of architects
whose practice and love of the built form is indebted to mies’s design contributions. the full scale traversable model expresses the fundamental
‘plan libre’ and planimetric rhythm so central to the architect’s work as well as his characteristic precision in material. chrome columns bolster a
powerful, wood-clad grid that at once invites the striking hilly green of the landscape. the row-ridden structure can be encounters from several
perspective in the terrain due in part to a network of hiking trails that now cross the protected site.  the robbrecht and daem team carefully analyzed
a series of drawings and truly drew the essence of the from a van der rohe’s own flawless perspective sketches.

 

 

“I think, the influence of my work on other architects comes from its delicate lightness.  everyone can use it without imitating.

it is objective. it does not matter who did it. “

 

-ludwig mies van der rohe, 1959

 

 

 

a walkthrough of mies van der rohe’s handful of projects on krefeld, beginning with the now-realized krefeld golf club

video © mies1zu1

 

 

a view of the foundation laid out in the once-private airfield

image © frank werthebach

 

 

the beginnings of the grid and row system in their manicured green context

image © frank werthebach

 

 

a powerful grid and network of chrome columns capture the essence of miesian ideas and design
image © andreas ruhnau

 

 

the golf club in the midst of construction
image © andreas ruhnau

 

 

in progress view show a lightness and spatiality
image © andreas ruhnau

 

 


image © andreas ruhnau

 

 

construction views demonstrative a powerful rhythm
image © andreas ruhnau

 

 


image © andreas ruhnau

 

 


image © andreas ruhnau

 

 

mies van der rohe: golfclub project reconstruction, krefeld egelsberg, germany
image © robbrecht and daem architects

 

 

renderings display a rich materiality and flawlessly open plan from 1931
image © robbrecht and daem architects

 

 

a model of the model
image © robbrecht and daem architects

 

 

in progress photos and the frame is put in place

image © andreas ruhnau

 

 

image © andreas ruhnau

 

 

 the plan creates dramatic perspective views

image © andreas ruhnau

 

 

mies van der rohe in his apartment on east pearson street, chicago, 1964
image © werner blaser
courtesy whitney museum of american art

 

 

 

project info:

 

 

curator: christiane lange, krefeld
artistic directorship: obbrecht en daem architecten, ghent
organizer: projekt MIK e.V.

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