Lange and Esters Houses

 1927 - 1930

The Story

These two houses sit side by side on the Wilhelmshofallee in the artistocratic quarter of Krefeld, Germany. They were commissioned at or about the same time by Josef Esters and Hermann Lange, two executives of the silk weaving mills, or the Vereingte Seidenweberein A-G, which make Krefeld famous. Mies worked on the two designs concurrently and the construction of each was begun within a day of the other's. Lange and Esters were collectors of contemporary art, so it seems fitting that their homes are now contemporary art exhibition spaces for the Kunstmuseen Krefeld. The lawn-turned-sculpture garden features works by Richard Serra and Claus Oldenberg.