Nuns' Island's Mies BuildingsPublished: June 5, 2019
Montreal’s Nuns’ Island is popular for its small-town feel and scenic greenery, but did you know it’s also home to four architectural landmarks? Hi-Rise 1 (201 Rue Corot) , Hi-Rise 2 (100 Rue de Gaspé) and Hi-Rise 3 (200 Rue de Gaspé) along with a gas station were designed by the world-famous Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Commonly referred to as Mies, the German-American architect established himself as one of the pioneers of modern architecture. Best known for his skyscrapers such as the Lake Shore Drive Towers and AMA Plaza in Chicago, Il - Mies' minimalist style has continued to be very popular over the years. His famous dictum "less is more" is still widely used by many who don’t even know the famous saying’s origins.
Mies began to develop his style shortly after World War I. He incorporated the use of modern materials such as glass and steel, rejecting the traditional style of enclosed rooms. The Nazis dismissed his style as un-German, so Mies emigrated to the United States in 1937 where he was appointed the head of an architecture school in Chicago.
Boardwalk’s own Hi-Rise 1 (201 Rue Corot), Hi-Rise 2 (100 Rue de Gaspé) and Hi-Rise 3 (200 Rue de Gaspé) were some of Mie’s final projects before his passing in 1969. Each rental apartment building features floor to ceiling wall-to-wall windows allowing for stunning unobstructed views of the Montreal skyline and St. Lawrence River. Living in one of these apartments is a renter’s dream!
Mies is one of few architects to create a genuinely modern and universally applicable architectural style. Office and apartment buildings all over the world continue to use his designs as inspiration to this day. Boardwalk feels extremely proud to have some of these historical landmarks in our possession.
For a closer look at Boardwalk’s unique Mies designed buildings that are now for rent, check out the links below:
Dezeen. (2018). Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Retreived from https://www.dezeen.com/2018/11/19/mies- van-der-rohe-modernist-architect-third-director-bauhaus-100/
Encyclopedia Britannica. (2019). Mies van der Rohe: the modernist architect who led the Bauhaus to its end. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ludwig-Mies-van-der-Rohe
Mies Van der Rohe Society. (2016). The Story. Retrieved from http://miessociety.org/mies/projects/