Mies Van Der Rohe Google Doodle

27/03/2012 10:03 | Updated 26 May 2012

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German architect whose angular buildings transformed modern living, stars in the Google doodle of the day.

Mies, a contemporary of modernist architects and designers Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, was born in Aachen, Germany in 1866, fled from the Nazis to Chicago, where many of his most striking buildings stand.

He designed the National Gallery, Berlin, the Toronto-Dominion Centre, the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, the Seagram Building in New York, the Martin Luther King Jr. library in Washington D.C.

Mies reportedly called his designs "skin and bones" architecture, which were remarkable for their use of glass and steel, and roofs which appear to float.

Mies is also famous for designing the leather and chrome Barcelona chair. The chair is widely available to buy to this day, and is a familiar item in many corporate foyers.

Visitors to the Fiera in Barcelona can tour the re-constructed building there.

See more Google doodles below.

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