Miesian Modern Home Style

The Miesian Modern Home


Pioneered by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (most often referred to as "Mies") the Miesian home style usually features a steel structure supporting the roof. This strong central framework allows for sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. This blurring of the lines between inside and out is a hallmark of this home style.
essential elements

Essential Style Elements

Miesian Modern homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows or glass doors used as transparent barriers between indoors and outdoors. Windows and doors have narrow frame and sash profiles, making them disappear as much as possible. These homes utilize simple rectangular form, usually with a raised floor plane and flat roof plane.
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Colors & Finishes

Exterior colors in the Miesian Modern style usually emphasize the type of material that’s being used. Wood is often stained dark, and metal finishes such as natural aluminum are common. When a painted finish is used, it is most frequently white.
Miesian Modern colors

Exterior Color Palette

  • Clear Anodized
    Clear Anodized
  • Copper
    Copper Anodized
  • WHite
    White

Interior Wood Species

  • Mahogany
    Mahogany*
  • Walnut
    Walnut
  • Cherry
    Cherry
  • Maple
    Maple

Interior Stain Colors

  • Russet
    Russet
  • Espresso
    Espresso
  • Mocha
    Mocha
  • Clear Coat
    Clear Coat

Painted Interiors

  • WHite
    White
  • Clear Anodized
    Clear Anodized

Hardware Styles

In Miesian Modern style homes, superfluous detail is omitted. As a result, window hardware is eliminated wherever possible. Additionally, since stationary windows extending from the floor to the ceiling are a hallmark of this style, there often is no window hardware in Miesian Modern style homes. When window hardware is necessary or simply desired, it is simple, functional and straightforward and has no decorative flourishes.

E-Series Casement Hardware

Casement Window Hardware

Crank Handle & Operator Cover in Bright Chrome

International Modern hardware

Push-Out Casement Hardware

Lock Handle in Satin Chrome

Hardware Finishes

  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes White
    White
  • Satin Chrome Hardware Finish
    Satin Chrome
  • Bright Chrome Hardware Finish
    Bright Chrome
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Satin Nickel
    Satin Nickel
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Oil Rubbed Bronze
    Oil Rubbed Bronze
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More On This Home Style

Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.

Download the pattern book below, or view it in the app (available from both iTunes and Google Play.)
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International Modern Home Style Pattern Book