Mies, Bauhaus and Off the Map in Berlin
Off the Map owner and architectural commentator Larry Simon shared his favorite Miesian and Bauhaus spaces in Berlin with a group of opera and music lovers from Aria Tours.
The group was treated to a rare visit to the now-closed sculpture garden of the Neue Nationalgalerie, the final work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies designed the beautiful zen garden as an inspirational light source for the lower galleries of the vast universal space, sometimes termed Mies' 'noble endeavour.'
Simon also shared the 1933 Lemke Haus, Mies van der Rohe's only completed German design of the 1930s, the great architect's last decade in Berlin before emigrating to Chicago in 1938 to head IIT, the Illinois Institute of Technology. The gemlike house by a lake in the former East Berlin is now known as Mies Haus, a lovely modern art museum with changing installations.
There was also a visit to a late design of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius: the Bauhaus Archive and Museum [shown in photo]. The Aria group also visited the rarely-seen AEG Turbine Factory designed by Peter Behrens, who employed Gropius, Mies and Le Corbusier.