A reasonable take on the Farnsworth House is that it was designed as a public structure. Its temporary role as a private residence can be seen as an inconvenient period prior to being handed over to tour guides and fans of modernism. We should all appreciate this selfless gesture on the part of Mies and Dr. Edith.
The uncompromising qualities of the space and details stand in marked contrast to the traditional template of the Gropius residence. It was condemned as totalitarian--but as the client's failed lawsuit demonstrates--every client gets to see plans before signing the final check.