Living in icons

Van de Velde (AIT 01/02 | 2018)

Van de Velde (AIT 01/02 | 2018)

Closely experiencing architecture icons and actually living in them – this is now possible in Schloss Lauterbach designed by Henry van de Velde: “Wohnung Gretl” recently completed on the mezzanine floor in the west wing of the castle in Neukirchen is in fact the finale of more than 13 years of renovation work. After it had been fundamentally converted between 1907 and 1909 by the Belgian architect, over the past years Claus Lämmle from Büroplasz has breathed new life in the spirit of van de Velde into a holiday apartment as well.
Thomas-Mann-House (AIT 03 | 2019)

Thomas-Mann-House (AIT 03 | 2019)

The red carpet was rolled out last summer when the Thomas-Mann-House was reopened in Los Angeles as a residence for intellectuals from the German Federal Republic. The architectural historian Dr Lilian Pfaff has been living in Los Angeles since 2007 and is currently working on a book about the building’s architect, Julius Ralph Davidson. She takes us back to the time when the German writer went into exile with his family to the USA and commissions Davidson to build him a resdence in the style of Californian modernism.
Ca’ Romanino (AIT 12 | 2019)

Ca' Romanino (AIT 12 | 2019)

In 1968, the Italian architect Giancarlo de Carlo (1919-2005) built a weekend home on a vineyard near Urbino for a friendly couple. De Carlo was a founding member of the legendary Team X and, together with Peter Smithson, is considered one of the main representatives of New Brutalism and critical regionalism. For some years now, it has been possible to visit the vineyard house, the Ca' Romanino. Dr. Uwe Bresan has set off for the Italian Marche region on the occasion of the architect's 100th birthday.
Villa Garbald (AIT 10 | 2019)

Villa Garbald (AIT 10 | 2019)

This summer, Dr. Uwe Bresan accompanied architecture students from the University of Stuttgart to a writing seminar taking place at Villa Garbald in Castasegna, Switzerland. The complex was built in the 1860s according to plans by Gottfried Semper (1803-1879). Since its renovation and expansion by the Baselbased architects Miller & Maranta, it has served as a study and seminar centre. Our colleague used the stay to explore the history and architecture of the ensemble of the new and the old.
Sea Ranch (AIT 07/08 | 2019)

Sea Ranch (AIT 07/08 | 2019)

The Sea Ranch is an icon of American architecture! The residential complex on the Californian Pacific coast is associated with the countercultural movements of the 1960s like hardly any other building of its time. Almost overnight, it made the architects Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull and Richard Whitaker famous. Charles Moore lived in one of the units until he died in 1993. Today, the so-called Condo #9 is available for rent. Sonja Nagel and Jan Theissen stayed there last spring!
Tre Cime (AIT 06 | 2019)

Tre Cime (AIT 06 | 2019)

In 1929, Drei Zinnen Hotel was built in Sexten, South Tyrol, at an altitude of 1,345 metres and surrounded by the peaks of the Dolomites. Clemens Holzmeister, father figure of 20th-century Austrian architecture, had been commissioned with this project through his brother, the community physician of Sexten. In architectural history, the building is still regarded as a lesson for modern architecture in alpine regions. Architect Michael Ragaller from Stuttgart recently stayed in the hotel and reports about his visit.
Baltic health spa (AIT 09 | 2018)

Baltic health spa (AIT 09 | 2018)

Near south beach of Fehmarn stands one of the latest works by the exceptional Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen. The construction of the Baltic health spa celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. The facility disputed. Yet, despite the conversions and “amputations”, the architecture by Jacobsen and Otto Weitling is still fine, rich in details and airy. As a total artwork, it is substantially endangered. The architecture journalist Hendrik Bohle checked into one of the highrise hotel buildings to get an impression of the holiday resort.
Can Lis – House (AIT 12 | 2018)

Can Lis - House (AIT 12 | 2018)

For a week, Uwe Bresan followed students from the University of Stuttgart during their “Über Architektur schreiben” summer course. The setting was Can Lis, the home of Jørn Utzon completed on Mallorca in 1971. This is where the world-renowned architect, who would have been 100 this year, retreated to full of disappointment when, at the end of the 1960s, he was no longer the chief architect of the Sydney Opera due to disputes about its costs and construction time. The house is said to be Utzon’s secret masterpiece.
Lärchenhof (AIT 06 | 2018)

Lärchenhof (AIT 06 | 2018)

As a professor at the technical university in Stuttgart, Paul Schmitthenner (1884–1972) was among the most influential personalities of German architecture in the first half of the 20th century. In addition, he was above all famous for his garden-city plans and his numerous residential buildings in the South German region. In 1932, Schmitthenner designed a holiday home in Tyrol for himself which until today sits enthroned in a lonely mountain meadow above the town of Imst. Uwe Bresan repeatedly visited it during the past years.
Lunuganga (AIT 11 | 2018)

Lunuganga (AIT 11 | 2018)

Architectural journalist Katharina Matzig from Munich has followed the traces of Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka. He is regarded as the inventor of Tropical Modernism. Matzig spent the night at Bawa's posthumously completed hotel resort Anantara Kalutara. And she drank tea in Lunuganga, the architect's former country residence. Since Bawa's death, the country house together with the large garden can be visited. In addition, the complex has six spacious guest rooms and is run as a country hotel.
Bauhaus Dessau (AIT 10 | 2018)

Bauhaus Dessau (AIT 10 | 2018)

The Staatliches Bauhaus was founded in Weimar on 1st April 1919. Headed by Walter Gropius, the school set out to give the 20th century a new face. To this day, the Bauhaus works shape our concept of the modern age and our ideas of modernity. Before the 100th anniversary of the “most famous art school of the world” will be celebrated in 2019, we went to Dessau. This is where the school moved into its world-famous new building in 1926. We spent one night in the former workshop wing for our “Living in Icons” section.