Glass Concepts

I think one of the reasons I’m such an architecture junkie is because I’m always trying to understand the polarising nature of the profession.

Take Philip Johnson. Loved and hated in equal doses.

Here’s an example played out in Franz Schulz’s book on Johnson.

Exhibit A – another great Ezra Stoller photo.

| Philip Johnson, Leonhardt House, Lloyd’s Neck Long Island, 1955, photo by Ezra Stoller |

Exhibit B:

| Mies van der Rohe, Glass House on a Hillside, 1934, drawing from the Museum of Modern Art |

Shultze says it is borderline plagiarism. The critics had become to call him Mies van der Johnson.

Hey, what’s wrong with a little homaging?

Julia Ritson

One comment

  1. I think it would have been plagiarism if you had mirrored Mies’ sketch! ; )

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