Today, when we open Google.co.za we don’t see the usual Google banner but the S.R. Crown Hall which is the main building of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Behinde the glass front we see the Google characters in its typical colours blue, red, yellow and green.
The Crown Hall was designed by famous german architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and was built between 1954 and 1956. The building is counted among the most significant buildings of modern architecture and one of the main works of Mies who would have turned 126 today. The architect died on August 17th of 1969.
Mies emigrated to the US in 1937 as the german Nazi regime rejected his clear and simple style as not “German” in character. In America Ludwig Mies soon became one of the most influential masters of modern architecture.
A brief video synopsis of one of the most significant pieces of architecture of the last century, the Crown Hall by Mies: