A Poem in Steel and Glass

A Poem in Steel and Glass is a creative response to a study of research carried out on the Modernist, International Style of architecture in the early 20th century across Europe

It explores the movement through its key players: Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, J.J.P. Oud and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; looking at each of their educations, backgrounds, design ethos and some of their most iconic pieces of architecture.

The inspiration for this project was the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam, designed by Johannes Brinkman and is considered a prime example of the movement. The title of this project comes from a quote by Howard Robertson about the Van Nelle Factory in 1930. A lot of reference for this has been drawn from an exhibition about the movement at the MoMA in 1932.

MoMA exhibition catalogue ︎