We are pleased to announce the start of construction on a temporary summer pavilion in Krefeld (Germany), based on a design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930 that was never executed.

This summer, Robbrecht en Daem architecten is executing a remarkable pavilion based on a competition design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930. The design, a clubhouse for a golf course in the gently rolling countryside around the former industrial city of Krefeld, Germany, was never built at the time it was designed. Christiane Lange, art historian and curator for ProjektMIK, invited Robbrecht en Daem architecten to design an objet d’architecture on the basis of the unpublished historical sketches of the project that were found in the Mies van der Rohe Archive (MoMA) in New York. The temporary installation resulting from this commission will be open for viewing from 26  May to 31 October 2013 at the original site of Mies’s project. The 84 by 87 metre installation will be built primarily in wood. It will be a life-size model revealing the essence of Mies’s architecture through its abstraction. The pavilion will temporarily enrich the architectural heritage of a city that is known for being home to two of Mies’s other remarkable buildings: the double project ‘Haus Lange’ and ‘Haus Esters’.

‘Mies van der Rohe - 1:1 Modell Golfclubhaus’
From 26 May to 27 October 2013 at ‘Am Egelsberg, Traar, Krefeld, Germany.’ 

Curator: Christiane Lange
Architects: Robbrecht en Daem architecten 
Execution Architects: DGM Architekten and Architektur Büro Ruhnau 
Commission:  Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld e.V. 
Subsidies: Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Kulturstiftung Krefeld

‘The 1:1 Scale Model – a Platform for Thinking, a Production, a Simulation’

In addition to the project, ProjektMIK is planning three scientific symposia that will take place in the model: On 2 June 2013, ‘Touching Mies’, on the experience of contemporary practices dealing with the legacy of Mies. On 14 July 2013, ‘Remembrance and Identity’, on the meaning of  authenticity and originality of built culture in the current condition of ubiquitiousness and placelessness. On 15 September 2013, ‘Model’, on the effect and meaning of the model in architectural practice throughout history, in the work of Mies and in contemporary art.
In collaboration with the Zentralinsitut für Kunstgeschichte, München,  www.projektmik.com

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