Farnsworth House

— Something extraordinary in an unexpected place

Simple clean lines, photo by jalbertgagnier.

After spending over two thirds of my life in Chicago, every city I've visited pales in comparison in terms of architecture. It's the variety of architecture that's available downtown that makes it impressive. The skyscrapers are one thing and then the older brick buildings are impressive in other ways.

Despite how many photos I've taken in places I've traveled, I hardly have any of Chicago--that's how much I've taken it for granted. When I first moved to New York, I was surprised how boring they city was. Brownstone after brownstone miles on end, from Manhattan to the edge of Brooklyn, all have similar facades. To my surprise, New York had just one Mies building.

Travel gives me perspective on what I already have. Rather than opening my eyes to how others live, new places open me up to appreciating what's in front of me.

"Nature, too, shall live its own life. We must beware not to disrupt it with the color of our houses and interior fittings. Yet we should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together into a higher unity." - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Recently I came across the Farnsworth House. It's such a beautiful house and yet it's located within the proximity of the suburb I grew up in. The super unexciting suburb, a place I cringe thinking about.

Having gone to Venice for an architecture Biennial, it's a shock that something so world class is next to a place I consider the polar opposite.

"The house was created in order to enable its inhabitants to experience the rural silence..."

"there is no garden architecture, no pathways, beds or flowers", photo by jalbertgagnier.

As someone who isn't well-versed in architecture, it's even more exciting to have context to a work I'm discovering for the first time.

"If you view nature through the glass walls of the Farnsworth House, it gains a more profound significance than if viewed from the outside...it becomes part of a larger whole."

Quotes from wikipedia.



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