Lafayette Park [1959]

Mies van der Rohe

Completed just after the more-renowned Seagram Building, Lafayette Park stands as the largest Mies van der Rohe development, with planning work composed by Ludwig Hilberseimer and landscapes designed by Alfred Caldwell. A vast urban renewal project, Lafayette stands as an exemplar modernist, Miesian ideal: towers in the park surrounded by smaller scale buildings more firmly nestled into the surrounding landscape. The materiality, too, is in line with this – rectilinear glass and steel upon a rigid grid softened by the greenery below.


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