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MIES 1:1 Golf Club Project - A Walkable Architecture Model

© Michael Dannenmann 2013

© Michael Dannenmann 2013

© Michael Dannenmann 2013

© Michael Dannenmann 2013

© Michael Dannenmann 2013

© Michael Dannenmann 2013

© Michael Dannenmann 2013

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Funded by Krefeld Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung.

The symposia "Touching Mies" and "Model" are funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation.

26 MAY - 27 OCTOBER 2013
Curator: Christiane Lange, Krefeld
Artistic directorship:
Robbrecht en Daem architecten, Ghent, Belgium
Realisation: DGM Architekten, Krefeld, Germany
Architekturbüro Ruhnau, Issum, Germany
Organizer: Projekt MIK e.V.


Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Krefeld and private partners.

More than 80 years ago, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe took part in a competition for the design of a club house for the newly founded Krefeld Golf Club. Due to the Great Depression, however, the house was never built. In 2013, Mies’ design will finally be put into practice under the artistic directorship of Belgian architect Paul Robbrecht at the initially planned site on the outskirts of Krefeld. The model will be built according to the original plans as a walkable architecture model at a scale of 1:1, thus creating a highly exceptional architecture exhibition. Visitors will be able to see and experience the basic design concepts of Mies van der Rohe. They will get a hands-on look at Mies’ unique understanding of space as an open fabric of tension as well as his artful intertwining of architecture and nature. The project MIES 1:1 is a production of architecture and, for one summer, a platform for thinking and working.

During the duration of the exhibition, several symposia on building culture and the effect and functionality of architecture will be held in the 1:1 model. The symposium “Touching Mies” (2 June 2013) invites architects, artists and curators to report on the conceptual background of their dealings with the works of Mies van der Rohe. Several works of Mies van der Rohe as well as any expansions, reconstructions, restorations and artistic interventions carried out on them serve as an example of the artistic, social and political strategies used in dealing with architectural monuments. The symposium “Memory and Identity” (14 July 2013) addresses the importance of historic buildings and architecture as containers of memory. The participants will discuss the value of memories for the development of social, urban and cultural identity in our modern day environment. The symposium “Model” (15 September 2013) reflects on the presentation form of MIES 1:1 as a visualization technology and artistic strategy. The three symposia, which will feature renowned speakers from the areas of art, architecture, and science, are hosted by Projekt MIK e. V. in cooperation with the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich.

Recycling Mies
The 1:1 model, built on an area of about 80 x 80 meters, is a temporary building. After the end of the exhibition in November 2013, the model will be completely disassembled into its individual parts. At the same time the exhibition is held, several architecture and design students will plan pavilions during the workshop “Recycling Mies” to transfer the building materials into new and permanent buildings.

(Bau)Kultur lokal
The workshop “(Bau)Kultur lokal” [Local Architecture] consists of an interdisciplinary group of experts. Based on MIES 1:1, this group will both critically review and discuss the current situation concerning (building) culture in Krefeld as well as its structural backgrounds.

Founded in 1930, the Krefeld Golf Club had found a location for his golf course at the Egelsberg hill on the northern outskirts of the city. What it didn’t have was a club house. For its design, the club held a competition in the summer of 1930 for which it invited Berlin based architect Mies van der Rohe, at the time Director of Bauhaus and Vice President of the German Work Federation (Werkbund), and fellow architect August Biebricher from Krefeld. It looks as if the two main initiators of the club, Hermann Lange and Rudolf Oetker, had both asked their favorite architects for design concepts: Hermann Lange had already built a house together with Mies whereas Oetker had built one with August Biebricher in the same year. Mies designed a spacious single story club house, sitting like a star on top of the natural elevation that is the Egelsberg. Its large panoramic windows would have provided visitors with a stunning view of the surrounding cultural landscape. Mies provided detailed plans down to a scale of 1:200. He also prepared perspective drawings. His plans and perspective drawings are fully preserved and can be found in the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Due to the Great Depression, the golf club founders did not manage to raise the estimated building costs of 150,000 Reichsmark (around 36,000 $ at the time). Mies received his fee of 500 Reichsmark, but the house was never built. The plans show that the golf club house would have been one of the most spectacular works of Mies van der Rohe. Today, the building would not only be an excellent example of the International Style but it would also reflect Mies van der Rohe’s mature and superior language of form. After building the Barcelona Pavilion and Haus Tugendhat in Brno, he had finally fully developed his architectural language.

Belgian architect Paul Robbrecht (Robbrecht en Daem architecten, Gent) has been put in charge of the artistic planning of the 1:1 model. His design is based on the plans and perspective drawings of Mies, stored in the great architect’s estate at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The steel skeleton structure, the proportions of the walls and the composition of the spatial contents correspond precisely to the specifications of Mies’ original plans. Their implementation in the form of a 1:1 model is, however, not an exact approximation of Mies’ plans, but a production of his main architectural themes. All non-supporting walls are made of wood, there are no details whatsoever and the adjacent areas are merely outlined. Only the steel stanchions with their cross-shaped outline and chrome casing were re-built in detail as a reference to Mies van der Rohe’s material aesthetics. The architect’s office Robbrecht en Daem, founded in 1975 by Paul Robbrecht and his wife Hilde Daem, has won numerous awards in recent years. In 2012, they were invited to the Venice Architecture Biennale by David Chipperfield. In 2013, Robbrecht en Daem belonged with Marie-José Van Hee architecten to the five finalists in the “Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Award 2013”, the most important European architecture prize.

Curator: Christiane Lange
Artistic directorship: Robbrecht en Daem architecten
Assistant to the curator: Britta Marzi
Event manager: Alexandra Lichters
Guided tours program manager: Dr. Christiane Heiser
Public relations: Little Owl Film & Communication


2 June 2013 Touching Mies
14 July 2013 Memory and Identity
15 September 2013 Model

MIES&MUSE. Cultural Events
Creative artists from the region present music, literature and theater. Organised by Alexandra Lichters.

20.06.13 Concert: Horst Hansen Trio und Imbroglio
27.06.13 Final „Papp a la Papp“-Poetry-Slam
01.07.13 Reading: Ohrenschmaus
04.07.13 14. Literarischer Sommer: Lesung Alfred van Cleef
25.07.13 Linos Saxophon Quartett: Vue sur les jardins interdits
15.08.13 Dance: About Skys - Mies van der Rohe. Body - Architecture - City
22.08.13 MIES 1:1 x 2insicht. Architektur und elektronische Musik
29.08.13 Concert: Less is more
05.09.13 Comedy and Music: Spass satt! Weniger ist mehr!
19.09.13 Concert: Darf es etwas weniger sein?
26.09.13 Concert: Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
03.10.13 Theater: Wir und der Golfclub

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Exhibition guide MIES 1:1 Das Golfclub Projekt
5 EUR (sold out)

Christiane Lange: „Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – Architektur für die Seidenindustrie“
(English version available: „Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – Architecture for the Silk Industry“)
Nicolai Verlag, Berlin 2011
32,10 EUR

„Mies in Krefeld“
A movie by Helge Drafz and Christiane Lange
DVD 56 minutes, image format 16:9, PAL D1 anamorphic
32,10 EUR
Qatsi TV

Last update: April 2014