27/03/2012 06:03 BST | Updated 26/05/2012 06:12 BST

Mies Van Der Rohe Google Doodle

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

On what would be his 126th birthday, a low-profile building much like his S.R. Crown Hall, home to the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has been rendered in Google's signature colours. Mies was director there, and it is now a national historic landmark.

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.

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