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Farnsworth House

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Lakes Midwest, United States.

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Hovering over green grass this white steel and glass bungalow looks initially beautiful. All its walls are glass, with an open floor plan except for an enclosed wooden storeroom/bathroom/kitchen area. 8 steel columns support floor and ceiling, taking 6 years to design. However, Mies van der Rohe’s design, built for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, is riddled with problems, the latter suing her architect and muddying his name. A ridiculous idea for someone wanting a feeling of security, this International-style glass house brings hundreds of bugs and mosquitoes at night, gets flooded by the nearby river, has ventilation problems despite air conditioning, and is stained by autumn leaves. Mies publicly defended himself, “Less is more.” Dr. Farnsworth replied, “We know that less is not more. It is simply less!” Indeed.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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