Mies van der Rohe

An Appreciation of Mies, in Photographs

In advance of the master's 126th birthday, a photographer heads to the Seagram Building and is mesmerized by its public plaza pools.

All photos courtesy Paul Clemence As we celebrate Mies’s 126th birthday, (March 27, 1886) we think of his legacy. If you’re a New Yorker, the Seagram Building (built between 1954 and 1958) comes to mind. I first knew about that skyscraper through photographs, as an architecture student in Brazil, and admired its daringly elegant sense of proportion and its graphical quality…