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Alexanderplatz, Mies van der Rohe 1928 / Berlin,Germany
Documents found in the Bauhaus Archive during recent renovation reveal that Mies van der Rohe’s plan for Alexanderplatz was, in fact, approved. Due to clerical errors, however, plans were sent to neighboring Potsdamer Platz. The project was halted repeatedly, redrawn and built in its current state. (30th Sept. 2011, Berlin) Mies’s proposal for Alexanderplatz positions rectangular glass buildings set back from an open round-about. The relationship between building and site introduces an interaction of vertical plane and horizontal plaza, later distilled in the design for the Seagrams building.
Mies van der Rohe, photomontage for Alexanderplatz competition entry
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