Instead of building enclosed rooms, Manglano-Ovalle placed wall panels to define freely formed spaces that weave and flow into each other, to give museum visitors an experience of Miesian
The Brown Pavilion's signature Miesian
curved glass curtain wall, thin black structural ribs, and movable interior walls provide an environment that is at times totally in sync and at other moments in dialectical tension with Oiticica, an artist who, throughout the years covered by "The Body of Color," was immersed in conversations with some of Mies's own fellow travelers in the European avant-gardes--Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Kazimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian, to name only the most central ones.
Not surprisingly, irony, which had been largely absent from high modernist discourse, became a favored technique--and not only because Miesian
gravitas demands a bit of irreverent skewering.
From the top of the slope, the house appears as a simple, Miesian
(or Johnsonian) pavilion, its lustrous, mirror glass walls calmly reflecting trees and sky.
The new terminal is a crisp, undemonstrative Miesian
box, its glazed walls shaded from the more extreme effects of the Turkish sun by an equally Miesian
roof canopy that seems to hover lightly over the glass volume.
In addition to the permanent collection, the park will host temporary exhibitions both outside and within a Miesian
glass-and-steel pavilion that provides breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond.
And over half a century later, the real legacy of the Miesian
urge for transparency and lightness is the ubiquitous glass prostheses infesting skylines from Dubai to Shanghai, artificially conditioned limbs grafted onto patently unsuitable host bodies, rapaciously demanding of energy to create habitable internal environments.
Spare of form and clad in gridded skin of industrial grating, it has clear echoes of previous Godsell projects, such as the Kew House, the Carter Tucker House (AR Dec 2000) and the Peninsula House (AR Dec 2002), in which simple Miesian
volumes are wrapped in a light and heat diffusing layer of slatted timber or metal.
You first enter a large garden courtyard via a simple gate; once inside, there is no house to be seen, just a series of contemporary, Miesian
yet distinctly Chinese-inspired gray brick walls that define the entry beyond which one would find side passages to a home and studio.
Regular readers will know this column's predilection for the Miesian
aphorism 'less is more' when applied to websites though not all-lower-case practice names.
When Peterman takes the kind of ubiquitous supermarket shopping cart often appropriated by homeless people and efficiently turns it into a Miesian
chair, as he does in Thank You for Your Patronage: Chairs from Street Carts, 1989, his gesture seems more rehabilitative than ecological.
Though the pair favour the aesthetic edginess and functional economy of raw or industrial materials, they generally play it straight with modular Miesian
structures and disciplined spatial arrangements.