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When Walter Gropius resigned as the head of the Bauhaus in 1930 Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe 1886-1969 became its director moving it to Berlin before political pressures forced it to close in 1933 In his architecture and furniture he made a clear and elegant statement of the International Style so much so that his work had enormous influence on modern architecture Taking his motto less is more and calling his architecture skin and bones his aesthetic was already fully formed in the model for a glass skyscraper office building he concieved in 1921 Working with glass provided him with new freedom and many new possiblities In the glass model three irreguarly shaped towers flow outward from a central court The perimeter walls are wholly transparent the regular horizontal patterning of the cantilevered floor panes and their thin vertical supporting elements The weblike delicacy of the lines of the glass model its radiance and the illusion of movement created by reflection and by light changes seen through it prefigure many of the glass skyscrapers of major cities throughout the world Georg Muches Haus am Horn the model house for the Bauhaus exibition in 1923 was the first house he had ever designed It is an extraordinary little Modernist Villa classical in its own way As the floor plan shows it was designed for a single family with young children and no servants The living room stands at the centre of the house surrounded by all the other much smaller rooms and lit by clerestory windows above The surrounding
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