Hans Poelzig, Weissenhof, Stuttgart, Germany, 1927
Hans Poelzig, Weissenhof, Stuttgart Germany, 1927
The Weissenhof Estate (or Weissenhof Settlement; in German Weißenhofsiedlung) is a housing eastate built for exhibition in Stuttgart in 1927. It was an international showcase of what later became known as the International style of modern architecture. The estate was built for the Deutsher Werkbund exhibition of 1927, and included twenty-one buildings comprising sixty dwellings, designed by seventeen European architects, most of them German-speaking. Poelzig’s contribution is a single family, two-story home with a winter garden and a sun terrace as prominent features. It was destroyed in the war. The Weissenhof was used as a place to be wasted because the architecture was not common with the ideology of nazi-Germany. The dwelling had simplified facades, flat roof used as terrace, window bands, open plan interiors. All but two of the entries were white. Poelzig proposed also projects of furniture accurate to the house’s style.
Reviewed by Irmina Gerełło, March 2017.