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

mies van der rohe: krefeld golfclub project reconstruction, germany

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

all images courtesy of projekt mik



ludwig mies van der rohe‘mies 1:1 golfclub project, a walkable architecture modelexhibition in krefeld, egelsbergon 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, germanyimage © 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, 1964image © werner blasercourtesy whitney museum of american art




project info:



curator: christiane lange, krefeldartistic directorship: obbrecht en daem architecten, ghentorganizer: projekt MIK e.V.

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