KREFELD – A forgotten project by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is being brought to life as part of an exhibition that will open this weekend in the outskirts of Krefeld, Germany. The exhibition’s curator Christiane Lange came across Mies’ 1930 sketches of a club house for Krefeld’s Golf Club while she was carrying out research for the project ‘Mies in Krefeld (Projekt MIK)’ at MoMA’s Mies van der Roher Archive.
Mies’ 83-year-old design was never built due to the Great Depression, but ‘the plans show that the golf club house would have been one of (his) most spectacular works,’ Lange says. ‘Today, the building would not only be an excellent example of the International Style but it would also reflect the architect’s mature and superior language of form.’
Eight decades after Mies’ design, Ghent-based studio Robbrecht en Daem, finalists of the Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Award 2013 together with Marie-José Van Hee, were put in charge of developing the artistic plan for a model of the club house at a scale of 1:1. While remaining faithful to most elements of the original plans, ‘the team made deliberate choices about what would and what would not be shown,’ the architects explain.
The temporary model will be completely disassembled into its individual parts after the end of the exhibition. During this summer, architecture and design students will design pavilions in a workshop entitled Recycling Mies so that the building materials can be transferred into new, permanent buildings.
In addition to the model and workshops, the exhibition will feature, among other things, symposia on topics like Memory & Identity and Passion for Material, presentations by local artists, guided tours of Krefeld’s architecture and architecture movies. According to Lange, ‘Visitors (…) will get a hands-on look at Mies’ unique understanding of space as an open fabric of tension, as well as his artful intertwining of architecture and nature.’
Mies 1:1 Golf Club Project will run from May 26 until October 27.
Egelsberg, Krefeld, Germany
Images courtesy of F.Werthebach, C.Olsson and Robbrecht en Daem