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Mies van der Rohe's museum in Berlin, interior
Mies van der Rohe's museum in Berlin, exterior
Place complexity does not correlate directly with built complexity of form
. The spatial energy and complexity of
Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Bilbao does not guarantee that as a place it is more complex than Mies van der Rohe's serene museum in Berlin.
Complexity in a place has more to do with complexity of program than with spatial or visual effects, but complexity of place is not the same as complexity of program. A large city library, for example, will present a complex functional program for its designers, yet it might still house a fairly simple set of social norms and roles for its users.
- [Nearby: Complexity outline -- The three pairs of terms ]