In a very broad stroke of an opinion, many of the early modernists seemed to do their most useable work prior to the work that most accurately represented their ideals. The modern architects that followed seemed to take this into their work applying a more human approach.
For instance in the case of Mies Van Der Rohe, I very much enjoy Haus Esters and Haus Lange. While Farnsworth house is a purer example of his ideals, it seems just a bit too distilled for my taste. I also like Tagendhat but find it difficult to compare a large villa with a weekend home like Farnsworth.
Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 5/21/13 at 6:21am