Clear shapes, flowing spaces and straightforward elegance – that's the legacy architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is known for worldwide. He has left behind more than 40 buildings in Berlin alone, and the last one he built before emigrating to the United States is located in Alt-Hohenschönhausen, on the idyllic shores of the small Obersee lake. Created in the early 1930s as a villa for the print shop owner Karl Lemke, today the Mies van der Rohe Haus is not only an architectural monument but also an exhibition space for contemporary art.
Next to a garden that was cultivated especially for the building, the brick-red bungalow with the floor-to-ceiling windows typical of Mies van der Rohe opens its doors. In summer, visitors gather on the terrace for talks and vernissages - or simply to pair a stroll around the lake with a visit to an exhibition. Artists such as Veronika Kellndorfer and Gregor Hildebrandt draw inspiration from the building in their work, embodying the light-flooded rooms and tuning into the legacy of the architectural pioneer.
The building itself also has a long history: After the capture of Alt-Hohenschönhausen by the Red Army, the house was initially used as a garage. Until the fall of the Wall, it housed a laundry and canteen for the employees of the Ministry of State Security.
Thanks to the museum director Wita Noack, who has been running it since 1992, the house can be seen today in its original condition and has established a firm place in the Berlin art scene. Together with her team, Noack has built a unique, harmonious place where nature, architectural history and the present are intertwined, where art is exhibited amidst a work of art.