Living with Mies Van Der Rohe
The New York Times created a fabulous interactive feature interviewing residents of the townhomes of Lafayette Park in Detroit. The complex was designed by a trio of world-class designers: Ludwig Hilbersheimer as urban planner, Alfred Caldwell as Landscape Designer and Mies Van Der Rohe as architect. Lafayette Park is arguably one of the best examples of successful multi-complex housing schemes in North America.
While some residents have a strong mid-century modern aesthetic and are aware of the significance of living in a building designed by Mies van Der Rohe, others were drawn to live there for the lush landscaping and the large floor to ceiling windows. Although each unit is identical to one another, the decorating styles are as varied and eclectic as the residents.