“New Human, New Housing – Architecture Of The New Frankfurt 1925 – 1933” at DAM

In the 1920s, Frankfurt/Main emerged as an archetypal metropolis of the Modern Age. In many fields the architects working on behalf of the City were performing pioneering work, which in the 1920s gave Frankfurt a worldwide reputation as a Modernist stronghold and would define architecture and urban development for decades to come.

 

Innenhof des Wohnblocks an der Bruchfeldstraße (um 1930) Copyright: DAF, Bestand Grünflächenamt

 

In the 1920s, Frankfurt\Main became the center of an unprecedented program of architectural and cultural renewal that would enter the history books under the name of “New Frankfurt”. Under Lord Mayor Ludwig Landmann and his Municipal Building Councilor Ernst May, Modernism as a way of life took shape. The heart of the project was a model housing and urban development program of international significance. (more…)

“Filip Šlapal: Bauhaus” at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Photographer Filip Šlapal has documented a number of buildings in three towns and cities associated with the Bauhaus design movement – Dessau, Germany, which is often referred to as the location associated with the most significant chapter of the movement, and Prague and Brno, which serve as the most famous Czech centres of Bauhaus architecture (albeit far from the only ones).

 

“Filip Šlapal: Bauhaus” © Filip Šlapal

 

Dessau’s school and teacher housing complex was designed by Walter Gropius, the founder and first director of the Bauhaus School (1919–1928). Also documented by Šlapal are additional examples of Dessau’s experimental architecture – The Steel House by Georg Muche and Richard Paulick; the Törten housing estate designed by Walter Gropius and Hannes Meyer (who became the school’s second director in 1928–1930); and the Kornhaus, designed by Carl Fieger, featuring a dance hall area overlooking the river Elbe. Dutch architect Mart Stam’s Prague villa (“Dům Palička”) is famous for being the only completed work by a foreign architect to feature within the Czech capital’s functionalist Baba Housing Estate (“Osada Baba”). Meanwhile, Brno’s Vila Tugendhat (by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe) has become one of the Czech Republic’s most important architectural monuments. (more…)