Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: Working Theses

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We reject {
all aesthetic speculation,
all doctrine,
and all formalism.

Architecture is the will of the age conceived in spatial terms.
Living. Changing. New.

Not yesterday, not tomorrow, only today can be given form.
Only this architecture creates.
Create form out of the nature of the task with the means of our time.
This is our work.

O F F I C E B U I L D I N G

The office building is a house of work of organization of clarity of economy.
Bright, wide workrooms, easy to oversee, undivided except as the organism of the undertaking is divided. The maximum effect with the minimum expenditure of means.
The materials are concrete iron glass.
Reinforced concrete buildings are by nature skeletal buildings. No noodles nor armoured turrets. A construction of girders that carry the weight, and walls that carry no weight. That is to say, buildings consisting of skin and bones.

Originally published in G: Material zur elementaren Gestaltung
No.1 | July 1923

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