Am Egelsberg is shot in Krefeld, a small town in the Ruhr area in Germany. In the rolling landscape around this former industrial city, Robbrecht & Daem architecten realized a striking temporary pavilion based on a design for a golf course clubhouse by Mies van der Rohe, dating from 1930, which was never built. Christiane Lange, art historian and curator for Projekt MIK, invited the Belgian architects of Robbrecht en Daem architecten to create a temporary objet d’architecture using the series of historical sketches of the project that were discovered during research into the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The installation of 84 by 87m is built primarily of wood. It is being conceived as a life-size model whose abstraction brings out the essence of Mies’s architecture and spatial concepts.
This model is as much an antique ruin as it is an articulation of the impossible replica. It tries however to grasp the architects essential formal choices that where so distinct for the aestethics of modernity. The film tries to unfold the map of the floorplan, with the revolutionary 'plan libre', significant of an architecture that imagines 'the inside world and the outside world as one and the same'.