Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

(March 27, 1886 - August 17, 1969)

A German-American architect. After World War I he began experimenting with minimalist modern architectural concepts that were distinctly different from the traditional neoclassical style that was popular at the time. Mies, as he was often addressed, joined the avant-garde Bauhaus design school as their director of architecture in 1930. Both the depression and the Nazi's disdain for his architectural style pressured Mies to emigrate to the United States where he settled in Chicago, Illinois. He was appointed head of the architecture school at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he also created the master plan and designed several of its buildings including his masterpiece S.R. Crown Hall.


"Less is more" was an aphorism generally associated with Mies. For him, it described that less ornamentation and a minimal framework of structural order provided more open and free-flowing spaces. Indeed, glass curtain walls and skyscrapers owe much to Mies' influence. His desire to modernize architecture is shared by our desire to advance watershape design and engineering.


So what does "less is more" mean to us? This maxim defines both the company and the bulk of our own architectural design. When describing the firm, "less is more" means that we only do one thing and we do it well: watershape consulting. Pools, spas, ponds, streams, fountains, water features, aquatic life support systems and other watershapes are a speciality and we are experts in that field. Watershapes are all we do - it is not one of multiple fields of practice and distractions that other firms offer. By focusing on less we can provide so much more. More expertise. More personalized experience.


Our design capabilities are unlimited and while we have developed natural looking residential and resort pools with large boulders and grottos those types of projects don't represent most of our work. Pure lines, minimalist edge designs, and clean details result in elegant watershapes - "Less is more" often describes our architectural style. Some of these details are as simple as locating autofill sensors and fill lines in the skimmer throat so that they are not seen at the waterline tile or deck. Other developments, like our signature toe-kick detail, have revolutionized the aesthetics and comfort of spas and are now being used in certain pool applications. While advancing these ideas we are respecting another one of Mies' aphorisms: "God is in the details".