About Mies

Learn more about the life and work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), who served as director of the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1930 to 1933 and is regarded as a towering figure in avant-garde architecture.


Museum Esters House, Krefeld, garden side| Photo: Volker Döhne

Lange House and Esters House, Krefeld


In the Lange and Esters Houses (1930), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe combined the New Architecture with the rather conventional spatial programme of a home for the upper middle class. The unadorned, box-like brick buildings are among the highlights of the Bauhaus city of Krefeld.


Mies van der Rohe Business Park

VerSeidAG Dyeworks and Warehouse, Krefeld


The VerSeidAG building in Krefeld (1931), a straightforward and unadorned rectangular block, still epitomises functional, modern industrial architecture. It is the only factory building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that was built anywhere in the world and is now a listed historic monument.


visitBerlin, photo: Tanja Koch

Kulturforum Berlin


The Kulturforum in Berlin includes u. a. the Philharmonic and the Staatsbibliothek by Hans Scharoun as well as the New National Gallery by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The ensemble was built in 1960 and is an important architectural testimony of the formerly divided city.


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Foto: Maximilian Meisse

New National Gallery, Berlin


The New National Gallery at Kulturform Berlin by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the icons of post-war modernism. The monumental and strictly geometric building, opened in 1968, shows the modern version of a classic temple made of glass and steel.

Films & Documentations

Tillmann Franzen, tillmannfranzen.com / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Understand Mies

GUIDED TOUR | Berlin | 1.9./6.10./3.11./1.12.19

Every first Sunday of the month, the Mies van der Rohe Haus offers a guided tour of the house and garden.


EVENTS | Berlin | till 22.12.19

In 1932 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the Landhaus Lemke (today Mies van der Rohe house) in his time as director of the Bauhaus. For Mies' students in architectural education at the Bauhaus, the simple, in plan L-shaped brick building on the Obersee was a welcome study object.

Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Photo: Volker Döhne © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Alternatives for Living

EXHIBITION | Krefeld | till 26.1.2020

Blueprints for Lange House and Esters House
How do we want to live, how can we and must we live , today and in the future? What forms of cohabitation are conceivable? What potentials, hopes and fears are connected to the globalised, mobile, digital society? In conjunction with the yearlong Alternatives for Living project, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld invited 16 international artists, designers and architects to develop alternative forms of domestic living for Haus Lange and Haus Esters.


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