Adolf Rading, Oskar Schlemmer, casa rabe, Zwenkau, Leipzig, Germany, 1928/1930
This house designed in 1928 by Adolf Rading in collaboration with the paintor and sculptor Oskar Schlemmer, is a perfect example of the Berlin style of that time. The architecture is particularly special as far as the dimensions of the living room are concerned. Indeed, the living room is particularly large compared to the dimensions of the other rooms of the house. In comparison, the bedrooms and bathroom seem really tiny. Moreover, the L-shape divides the room into two parts : a space with sofas and a table and a dining room. The huge window between the veranda and the dining room illuminates the living room and emphasizes the central position of this room.
On the side of the living room, a metallic construction representing three differents shapes including a man, casts its shadow on the wall. The colours used by Oskar Schlemmer for his decorations are mainly red and yellow, and the architect Adolf Rading paid attention to that point when he came to choose the colours he would use. Indeed, according to him, the colours used inside the house are not only decoration but are part of the architecture and design of the house itself.