On your walks through the historic district, you will almost inevitably pass through it: the Michaelertor in Vienna. The baroque portal frames the shortest path from the Heldenplatz to the expensive shopping streets near the Wiener Graben.
On my way from the Imperia statue to the Rhine Gate Tower (Rheintorturm), I notice a striking red facade. Around 1300 the St. Konrad Hospital was built in this place, which integrated an existing chapel. The hospital later changed into the Dompropstei of Constance.
I love to visit construction sites of museums. They help to understand how the interior structure of the exhibition building is designed. With curiosity and blue protective coatings on my shoes, I enter the shell construction of the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar. Its opening is scheduled for April 2019.
The houses with balcony access (Laubenganghäuser) were built in 1929/30 according to plans by Hannes Meyer. He translated his motto Volksbedarf statt Luxusbedarf” (People’s necessities, not luxuries) into a multitude of small apartments, which are connected to the staircase via an arcade.
I saw the visit to the Törten Housing Estate with great expectations. The previously visited Bauhaus Building and the Master’s Houses were examples of an upscale architectural style. But what style did the Bauhaus movement use for simple family homes? In the streets of Törten, I found the answer.
The Bauhaus movement not only experimented with light and colours but also tested new materials. Can we build a house made of steel? Georg Muche and Richard Paulick made this idea a reality in 1926-27. The project did not prevail, the steel house remained in the world-famous Törten Housing Estate a unique piece.
Walter Gropius planned this building in the years 1928/29. Its former function as an employment office can still be read by a fading inscription (“Amt für Arbeit”). The building is an impressive example of how to align architecture to a process – in this case looking after job seekers.
After Walter Gropius founded the Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar, there was little time left to mould his new ideas into a building. Just after his move to Dessau, he appears as an architect on a site of the Bauhaus School. Here, the four masters houses form an ensemble.
The monument to Ernst Abbe reminds me more of a temple than of a simple monument. A look through the glass increases the impression. The dainty image of the industrialist and social reformer Ernst Abbe rests on a massive herm and is optically framed by bronze plaques.
In this building, the Belgian architect Henry van de Velde lived from 1908 to 1917. House and furnishings were designed by himself. Allegedly, the layout of the building is designed like a ship. Together with the mast on the roadside, my pic reminds to an upside-down boat, at least.
The Cranach House was built in the years 1547 to 1549 by the Renaissance master builder Nikolaus Gromann for the ducal chancellor Christian Brück. Its present name reminds of the presence of the painter Lucas Cranach the Elder, who spent his last months here.
The building N° 38 situated on the Linke Wienzeile (6. District) was designed by Otto Wagner. Koloman Moser created the golden ornaments. The building is located next to the Naschmarkt, one of the most popular markets in Vienna.