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POETRY OF SIMPLICITY Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe


A glass box residence of "almost nothing". Built in 1951, Mies van der Rohe designed the absolutely stunning Farnsworth House as a private weekend residence and it stayed that way for over 50 years until, in 2003, it was purchased by Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who opened it up to the public.

"Mies's buildings possess not the poetry of true simplicity, we might say, but the simplicity of true poetry. I mean this not as a play on words but as a fundamental comment: Mies's architecture is not truly simple, but it is truly poetic." Paul Goldberger

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