Hi, I’m Jason Sterling. Everyone who designs a structure within the Sims game is an architect. Whether you consider your work good or bad, simple or elegant, experienced or novice you are still an architect. This series of articles will highlight individual architects from the past. A person that was responsible for establishing and defining a revolution of the discipline. Each article will also demonstrate how you can be that architect and execute their style within the game. In this article will we focus on the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; born Maria Ludwig Michael Mies; March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969) was a German-American architect. Along with Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modernist architecture. Mies was the last director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture. He accepted the position to head the architectural school at the Illinois Insitute of Technology in Chicago. Mies sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras. He called his buildings “skin and bones” architecture. He is often associated with his quotation of the aphorisms, “less is more” and “God is in the Details”. (Information sourced directly from Wikipedia. The full article is located here: Mies van der Rohe Article )
A great deal of what we consider modern corporate and residential building can be traced back to the work of Mies van der Rohe. He developed and ultimately popularized the idea of completely open spaces and using glass and steel to divide interior volumes. The ubiquitous presence of steel frame buildings clad in plate glass curtain walls are directly tied to the influence of this legendary architect. Following are several examples of his work. #1. S.R. Crown Hall – #2 Barcelona Pavilion – #3 A. Seagram Building/ B. Westmount Square – #4 Neue Nationalgalerie (The New National Gallery- Berlin)
I’m going to illustrate executing this style in the Sims 4 below.
You can also see a video walk-through of the build here:
Being the Architect- Mies van der Rohe:
Building the National Gallery Part 1:
All you need, with the exception of walls, to execute this look are the five items below- A. Tall Slate Tile/ B. Glacemaster 1700C/ C. Tic-Tac-Tiles Pedestal/ D. Concrete Victorian Fence/ E. The Action Item/ (#1) The original that I’m following above sits on a base as shown below. The courtyard is used as a sculpture gallery. You can build something of this sort but it’s not necessary. (#2) This is a simple build. I’ve done a square 10×10 box with the highest wall height. Then, “I’ve placed The Action Item” door in the center on one side. I’ve covered the rest of the exterior with the “Glacemaster 1700C” windows. (#3) Next we’ll use the “Tall Slate Tile” to create support columns. (#4- continued in box #1 below)
Building the National Gallery Part 2:
Next, merge the tall tiles together as shown. (#1) Start the overhanging roof by creating the exterior framing walls highlighted in blue, using the medium, short half wall. In the space between these two constructs use the “Concrete Victorian Fence” to create the interior braces for the soffit highlighted in red. Once these have been built remove the flooring in the spaces to expose the ground beneath. (#2) We will fill in the soffit space with a faux roof created by using the “Tic-Tac-TilesPedistal”. Double their size by pressing the “]” button on the keyboard while holding the item. Then, slide the item into place as shown. (#3) Once in place, press “Alt” and the “9” button to raise the object until it creates a flush roofing look. (#4) This also works for creating single space soffits with an un-upsized pedestal.
The finished structure is below.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and the history we are all, even when unwittingly, participating in every time we design and build within the Sims. Remember every time you look at a steel framed office tower with a curtain glass wall you are looking at Mies van der Rohe. If you have any questions regarding this article please post them below. Do you have any builds you’d like to share? Please feel free to post those below as well. We would love to see them! Thank-you for reading.