"The Lange and Esters houses in the Rhineland city of Krefeld mark a change in direction of Mies's development, joining traditional elements to a new spatial openness. In the late 1927 the architect was commisioned to design two imposing residences, on neighboring lots, for the textile manufacturers Hermann Lange and Josef Esters. The selection of the architect was made by Lange, a distinguised collector of modern art. The two houses were designed simultaneously and balanced against each other in the general layout and in many of their details. Construction of both was begun in the fall of 1928 and completed in early 1950.
The houses are built of complex steel skeletons skillfully faced with subtly varied dark-red brick, the qualities of which are highlighted in a masterly if somewhat rhetorically way." - Riley, T., Bergdoll, B. (2001). Mies in Berlin. New York: Museum of Modern Art. p. 220-222.
Keywords: Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf, residential structures, housing, houses, brick, early Modern building, outdoor spaces, grounds, planned landscapes. Submitted by Keoni Fleming for ARCH 627.
1920s (1920 - 1929) Modern
Rohe, M. van der (2001,October). House Lange/House Esters, Krefeld, Germany. Architecture and Urbanism, 373, 22-27.