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Modern architecture – Farnsworth House

The one-room, steel-and-glass house designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that has been called one of the most important works of 20th century architecture. Located in a beautiful meadow on the banks of the Fox River two miles south of Plano, the Farnsworth House has been called “sculptural” in its simplicity and a masterpiece of design. Mies’ temple-like pavilion both invites and challenges visitors. Its unsurpassed views through transparent walls will cause you to consider anew how a man-made object best relates to nature. It’s not like any house you have ever been in. The Farnsworth House is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated as a house museum by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. Transcending any traditional domestic function or program, the importance of the house lies rather in the absolute purity and consistency of its architectural idea. You can see more pictures, and find more about the Farnsworth House from their website.

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5 responses to “Modern architecture – Farnsworth House” - Add yours!

  1. Kathy said:
    December 17, 2007

    I like the sleek and modern-ized look to the house. However, because of the transparent walls, I wouldn’t want to live there. It looks very easy to break into. haha…especially since it’s right in the middle of the forest, it looks very isolated. But I like the house itself. ^^

  2. Sjors said:
    January 20, 2008

    I dig this house a lot, probably together with the falling river house one of the best examples of modernism in the world

  3. Jack Andile Langalibalele said:
    August 7, 2008

    Brilliant house, it incisively defines the juxtaposition btween this synthetic design and its natural surroundings. Love it BIGTIME

  4. March 16, 2009

    It looks alike a little instable…Wouldn’t be an easy target for
    thiefs being made with a lot of windows and in a such remote place?

  5. loulou said:
    April 15, 2010

    Brillante conception pour ce temps la… N’oublions pas que Mies van der rohe est immite encore aujourd’hui!!

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