Spanish illustrator and writer Agustín Ferrer Casas has designed a graphic novel about 20th-century modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, featuring a prologue written by British architect Norman Foster.

The 176-web page Mies is a Spanish graphic novel outlining the life and profession of the modernist architect, such as his time spent at the Bauhaus, fleeing Nazi Germany, and continuing his profession in US city Chicago.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer Casas
The cover of Ferrer Casas’s Mies comic characteristics Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, with a depiction of Mies’ entry for a skyscraper in the background from 1921

Developed by Agustín Ferrer Casas, an artist who lives in Spain, the project characteristics dozens of architectural illustrations of Mies’ projects.

In the comic, Casas illustrates important moments in the architect’s life, some of which are created to be bigger than life, alongside some of his most popular buildings. It does not claim to be a biography.

“It is a fictional biography of his life, primarily based on quite a few writings by a lot of other authors and Mies himself,” Casas wrote in a blogpost. “And I say fiction since in this book, I attempt to show not only component of his operate but life, the character of the architect. What created him a fantastic architect and what he left behind in his ambition to create.”

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Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer Casas
A celebration is held at Mies’ Villa Tugendhat, with its marble wall and modernist chairs, alongside a glass corner section

British architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners also wrote a prologue for the book, noting his time admiring Mies’ projects himself in New York City and Chicago.

“Mies van der Rohe is 1 of a handful of architects of the 20th century who has helped shape the architecture of the present and arguably that of the future,” Foster mentioned.

“The stories behind these projects and a lot more, such as insights into his profession as a teacher as properly as practising architect, are elegantly and wittingly portraying in this outstanding comic format,” he concluded.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer Casas
Pictured right here is Mies, overlooking Lake Shore Drive apartment towers in Chicago

Important functions function in the graphic novel are the Barcelona Pavilion in 1929, featuring marble walls and sensuous sculpture, and when the architect was forced to close the Bauhaus college in 1933 with the onset of Nazi rule.

Yet another notable moment is Mies’ time spent at Villa Tugendhat in Brno, which he completed in 1930. Following this, the villa was seized and bombarded by the Nazis.

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Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer Casas
Mies’ operate nature is detailed as his shoves a stack of books off his drafting table, when in the course of action of designing a constructing

Other important pieces illustrated in the graphic novel consist of his operate in building Chicago, such as some of the city’s most recognisable 20th-century architecture and his stint as head of the architecture college at the Armour Institute of Technologies, now the Illinois Institute of Technologies, in the 1960s.

One particular of his most notable functions in America is Farnsworth Property, a single-story dwelling wrapped in glass in Illinois, constructed in 1951.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer Casas
The linear white lines define Mies’ Villa Tugendhat, white a red drape marking its takeover by Nazis

Casas initial began the Mies graphic novel 2015, and it is published by Graphite Editorial. It is also presented at the Mies Pavilion in Barcelona, managed by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

The release coincides with 3 anniversaries associated to Mies in 2019: the 50th anniversary of his death the 90 years of the building of his German Pavilion for the Universal Exposition of Barcelona in 1929 and the centenary of the creation of the Bauhaus college.

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Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer Casas
The Bauhaus college in Dessau, Germany was led by Mies, as properly as Hannes Meyer and Walter Gropius

This year is a seminal year for the Bauhaus, as properly as the architect, and Dezeen has launched the Bauhaus 100 initiative celebrating the college.

Aside from what is outlined in the book, Mies had a diverse and lengthy profession.

Typically referred to as Mies, his surname, he was born in Aachen in 1886 and died in Chicago in 1969, aged 83.

Mies comic by Agustin Ferrer Casas
The Bauhaus college was then moved to Berlin for its final stages, just before getting closed, and was primarily based inside an old factory constructing

Following initial studying as an architect and operating closely with Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, he went on to serve as the final director of the Bauhaus in 1930 in Dessau. He closed institution in Berlin in 1933 just after it was raided by the Gestapo.

The architect fled his homeland in 1937 for Chicago, exactly where he spent 3 decades practising as an architect. Important functions consist of IBM Plaza, with its towering black, linear building, and the residential towers of 860–880 Lake Shore Drive.

Photos courtesy of Agustín Ferrer Casas.


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