Google’s tribute to Mies imitates his iconic design for the SR Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, built in 1956.

The building, acknowledged as Mies finest work, has an exterior made solely of steel and glass and is designed to appear to float.

Born in Germany in 1886, Mies died 42 years ago, having spent much of his professional career working in the United States where he designed the Seagram building in New York, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston and the Martin Luther King library.

Mies designed a “50×50” house in an attempt to address the problem of mass housing, however it wasn’t built until 2009, when artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovallé built a half scafe version of the house at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

He was award the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1956.