Werkbundsiedlung Stuttgart

Thursday, 03.09.2015

Damian Brenninkmeyer at the Weissenhofsiedlung

Me on the rooftop of the Le Corbusier building in the   Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart, 2010

One of the last trips I made consigning Old Master Paintings for auction whilst based in Amsterdam was to Stuttgart. The first ‘Werkbundsiedlung’ ever was organised in 1927 by the ‘Deutschen Werkbund’ under the leadership of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The whole ‘Siedlung’, in English ‘Settlement’ was named the Weissenhofsiedlung and was conceived not as an organically grown settlement but as an architectural exhibition. In the short time of only 21 weeks, 21 houses with in total 63 apartments were built and designed by 18 leading architects of the ‘Neues Bauen’ movement. One of the larger buildings, which has been turned into a museum, is by Le Corbusier and his son Pierre Jeanneret. There one can pick up information on the various architects and houses that are still standing. Unfortunately some of the buildings did not survive bombing during the war. I have noted with each photograph the architect responsible. To finish with an anecdote: in the 1930s the National Socialists regarded the settlement as an ‘Arab Village’ and planned the demolition of the entire site. The buildings that did not survive the war due to bombing where by the following architects: Walter Gropius, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Bruno Taut, Hans Poelzig, Richard Döcker, Max Taut und Adolf Rading.

Please see the section ‘Werkbundsiedlung’ for additional photographs.