1922 Glass Skyscraper Concepts
Innovation: Glass Skyscraper Concepts
Location: Berlin, Germany
By: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
In 1922, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe came up with a concept of a Glass Skyscraper, where it was made of all steel and glass, which established the Miesian principle of “skin and bones construction.” The Miesian principle was applied to this concept by the idea of a glass skyscraper whose transparent façade reveals the building’s bare bones underlying skin similar to the plant and stem idea where each floor made of reinforced concrete slabs cantilevers off two cylindrical concrete supports. The building was suppose to be built in Berlin, Germany where the concept was created but it was put down because it was an unworkable project.