Architecture as a Frame for Nature

architects Tomaž Krušec, Lena Krušec and Vid Kurinčić
written by Aleš Vodopivec

When you have a white house with glass walls, you see the trees and bushes and the sky framed in white—and the white emphasizes all the beautiful colours in the landscape, said Mies van der Rohe of Farnsworth House, which represents the most consistent achievement of his architectural ideal. Ideal living in touch with nature, Mies had been developing this for decades, from the study designs of the Brick and Concrete Villas, through the completed Villa Tugendhat in Brno, the unrealized plans of the Resor vacation home in Wyoming to the Farnsworth House, located in the midst of nature near Chicago. Mies was lead by the thought that a constant variety of vegetation, color, light and shade in a natural environment enriches life in the interior of the house. Thus, he limited the structure to two planes, the floor and the ceiling, and the thin supporting columns, and in doing so, he reduced the architecture to a mere white passe-partout for a picturesque landscape.