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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park Building, 1959

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lafayette Park Building, 1959

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Lafayette Park, completed in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, is a notable urban development project designed by the esteemed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This complex represents one of Mies van der Rohe's significant forays into urban planning and is a key example of mid-century modern architecture in an urban context.

The Lafayette Park development includes residential buildings, townhouses, and a large park area, all showcasing Mies van der Rohe's signature minimalist aesthetic and his philosophy of "less is more." The buildings are characterized by their geometric simplicity, extensive use of glass, and open floor plans, which create a sense of spaciousness and fluidity. The use of steel and glass, along with a restrained color palette, reflects Mies van der Rohe's focus on structural clarity and functional design.

An integral part of the design is the landscaping of the park area, which provides a green oasis in the urban environment and enhances the overall livability of the development. Mies van der Rohe's careful integration of the buildings with the surrounding green spaces is a testament to his skill in creating harmonious urban living environments.

Lafayette Park stands as an important example of modernist urban design, demonstrating how architectural simplicity and thoughtful planning can create a living space that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally effective. The development has been influential in the field of urban architecture and remains a vibrant and sought-after residential area in Detroit.


Printed on 310gsm Giclée Hahnemühle German Etching

  • 30x45 cm (12x18 inches) is a limited edition of 100
  • 40x60 cm (16x24 inches) is a limited edition of 50
  • 50x75 cm (20x30 inches) is a limited edition of 25

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