Today’s Google doodle: Mies van der Rohe

Just a quick note about the nice Google doodle today, an homage to architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. From today’s The Times of India:

Google’s doodle today pays tribute to legendary German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe on his 126th birth anniversary. The building in the doodle is the SR Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, regarded as one of masterpieces of Mies. The building comprised only glass and steel in its exteriors.

Regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architechture, Mies is said to have never taken any formal architectural training. He worked with several architects before he developed his own style. Like many of his post-World War I contemporaries, Mies wanted to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times. He strived towards an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space, according to Wikipedia. He is known to call his buildings “skin and bones” architecture.

Click here for a page of Google images of his work: