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Experts uncover secret Mies villa

A previously unknown villa by Mies van der Rohe has been discovered in Germany.

Mies experts are convinced that the Villa Heusgen in Krefeld is a genuine and rare example of his domestic work.

It was built for the Heusgen family between 1931 and 1932, soon after the completion of Mies' most famous domestic commission, the Tugendhat House in Brno.

Its designer's identity was a guarded secret, known only to client and builder, until architect Karl Amendt bought and lovingly restored the villa.

Amendt claims the house is a realisation of ideas developed by Mies while director of the Bauhaus, to create the perfect dwelling for a young modern family.

Architectural historian Christian Wolsdorf, head of the architecture department at the Bauhaus Archive, said the building contained several elements that proved its authenticity. He ruled out the possibility that it was an imitation by another architect.

The two-storey white building, which overlooks a generous lawn, is entered through a concealed entrance. The ground floor contains a sequence of living spaces, with bedrooms arranged simply on the first floor.

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