THE WEISSENHOFSIEDLUNG in Stuttgart is a housing development designed by the leading architects of the modern movement for the 1927 exhibition Die Wohnung (The Home), organized by the Deutscher Werkbund. Houses and apartments were built, and their interiors designed in detail, by a roster of great names: Peter Behrens, Victor Bourgeois, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Richard Docker, Josef Frank, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, J.J. P. Oud, Hans Poelzig, Adolf Rading, Hans Scharoun, Adolf Schneck, Mart Stam, Bruno Taut, and Max Taut. The result was a unique urban environment where it was possible to see-and live in-modern architecture as it was meant to be and on a human scale. Over the years the Weissenhofsiedlung fell into neglect and decay, and at one stage it came close to being demolished. But now those houses that survived the Second World War and the postwar period have been restored, reconstructed, and placed under protection as historic monuments. Years of detective work, using the papers of the architects concerned, the records in the Stuttgart city archives, and interviews with contemporary witnesses, have enabled Karin Kirsch to assemble the first truly comprehensive account of this pioneer demonstration of modern building, from first concept to final realization. She gives a lively account of the project in narrative, in documents, and in a large number of previously unpublished photographs. In the process, she has been able to settle many problematic issues, including the parts played in the enterprise by Adolf Loos (whose intentions came to nothing), Paul Bonatz, and Paul Schnitthenner, and by the Stuttgart city authorities. The theme of the 1927 exhibition was "The Home." And so an essential part of this definitive study of the Weissenhofsiedlung consists of the surviving installation plans, furniture designs, and photographs of finished interiors, ready to be lived in.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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Descrizione libro Rizzoli, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110847811077
Descrizione libro Rizzoli. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0847811077 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1395388