Everybody wants to save the earth, nobody wants to help mom do the dishes.  --P.J. O'Rourke

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House

Even though by all accounts the iconic Farnsworth house was crummy house to live in, with numerous flaws, I still love the IDEA of the house.  I think the all glass house would be a
wonderfull house for the wilderness.  For me there is something very soothing about just looking
out a window at the woods, so much to see, but so little happening. 

The Farnsworth House, designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945-51, is a one-room weekend retreat in a once-rural setting, located 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Chicago's downtown on a 60-acre (240,000 m2) estate site adjoining the Fox River south of the city of Plano, Illinois. The steel and glass house was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago-based kidney specialist, as a place where she could enjoy nature and engage in her hobbies, playing the violin, translating poetry, and enjoying nature.


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