On Mies van der Rohe’s birthday, LIFE celebrates a visionary who said of his stark, gorgeous designs: “Romantics don’t like my buildings. They say they are cold and rigid. But we do not build for fun. We build for a purpose.”
Read more here.
(Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

On Mies van der Rohe’s birthday, LIFE celebrates a visionary who said of his stark, gorgeous designs: “Romantics don’t like my buildings. They say they are cold and rigid. But we do not build for fun. We build for a purpose.”

Read more here.

(Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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