In the last days of our European Architectural Tour, we snapped a few highlights. Be sure to click back through our blog posts to see each day, from May 3 to May 14, 2012.
Above: In this image of the original staircase at the Neues Museum in Berlin, note the ornate decorations and side-by-side staircases.
Above: This photograph of the very same space within the Neues Museum portrays post-war ravage.
Above: David Chipperfield Architects received the Mies Architecture European Union Prize in 2011 for their minimalist work on the staircases.
Above: And while David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap relied on minimalism, they also revealed the historic decorative elements unique to the original space.
Above: We took a Spree River Cruise aboard Aphrodite and caught glimpses of structures such as the one above. It is where Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel works and connects to her helicopter pad.
Above: Here is the Koolhaas-designed embassy for the Netherlands as seen from our river tour.
Above: And here is an old pumping station that was transformed to a modern dance performance space accompanied by offices and apartment units.
Above: Here is a site where Mies proposed a famous pointed-corner glass skyscraper in the 1920s. And that’s what went up many years later instead.
Above: Here is the Reichstag with crosses showing how many died trying to escape to the west across this point in the river.
Above: The cantilevered building is a new hotel by German architects.
Above: Tucking into lunch on the boat
Above: We visited Villa Urbig in Potsdam, Germany. It has been carefully restored and is a part-time private residence. We were given a special tour of the exterior.
Above: Note this travertine window. Certainly this is not the way Mies used travertine in the United States.
Above: It has been said that the original client wanted columns, but Mies was not so sure. He seems to have taken a minimal approach and planned for vines to grow up and cover them.
Above: Work was being done to repair the leaky travertine porch.
Above: Look at this simple iron railing. Pretty minimal considering the home was build in 1915 to 1917.
Well, good reader, thanks for following us on our architectural tour. We selected photographs of details we hoped would better acquaint you with Mies and the countries in which he worked. Without intending it, it seemed the theme of our trip was restoration.
Buildings we visited were either new but formed around a particular historical context (think the Sony Building in Berlin, which replaced a war-wrecked site) or had been recently restored (think Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic), or were in the midst or restoration. No matter the state of the structure we visited, the mark of Mies was evident.
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