A fluffy blog post for a Friday… I wrote ages back about ‘The greatest fictional architect and house’ (I’d even written a fluffier post on ‘The Best House in a TV Advert’). Well, it has become very easy for me to update the first post with the greatest fictional architect being…:
Rainer von Abt from ‘The Glass Room’ by Simon Mawer:
This is of course a cheat on my part as anyone that knows the background of the book or has the ‘Authors Note’ at the beginning of the book understands that the architect Rainer von Abt is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and that the Landauer House is based on Villa Tugendhat.
What’s interesting is that the tentacles of the influence of Mies are present even today as it was amusing to see other architect guess the influences on this recently completed extension and one of the proposals was… Mies (the master):
Favourite quotes from the book…
“…I am a poet of light and space and form”
“A building should not look like something! It should just be, a shape without references, defined only by the material it is to be built of and the conception of the architect”