Mies van der Rohe, modernist architect, honoured by Google

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the famous German architect, has been given the Google Doodle treatment.

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the celebrated German architect, has been given the Google Doodle treatment on what would have been his 126th birthday.

Head over to Google.com today and you'll be treated to a refreshingly modern version of the Google Doodle that mimics the "skin and bones" glass and steel architecture that Mies van der Rohe was known for.

Getting his start working in his dad's stone carving shop, he began his architectural career designing upper-class homes. Two of his most famous buildings were the Barcelona Pavilion for the Barcelona exposition and the Villa Tugendhat in Brno in the Czech Republic.

Mies van der Rohe's work was dismissed by the Nazis in Germany (his work was rejected as not 'German' in character), so he moved to the US in 1937, where he created what many believe to be his finest work, the S.R. Crown Hall in Chicago. Having made a significant impact on the world of architecture and design, he died in 1969 at the age of 83.

These days there are so many Google Doodles, I'm surprised whenever I see the regular Google logo. I'm not complaining though, as the search giant seems to have found an effective, understated way of teaching us about historically, artistically or scientifically important folks who may otherwise have slipped under our geeky radars.

Recent figures to get the Doodle treatment include Juan Gris, pioneer of Cubism, and Akira Yoshizawa, the man who elevated origami from a hobby to an art form.

My colleague Rich has crafted a round-up of our all-time favourite Google Doodles, many of which are seriously technically impressive as well as being fun. Hit play on the video below to check out Google's five coolest efforts, and let me know your favourite in the comments below or on our Facebook wall.

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