Photo: Dan Rocha
“I rediscovered a favorite apartment landmark on a visit to Stuttgart, Germany, in 1986. There I stood, eye to eye with an iconic duplex by Le Corbusier—which is part of the Weissenhof Housing Exhibition. An experiment at the time, today it serves as an early example of current design trends in affordable housing, blended density typologies, hillside housing design, and open floor plans, all executed with the highest of aspirations ... an amazing display of how architects, coming together and working in concert, can express in built-form, impassioned ideals that influence generations.”
—JEFFREY LARSEN, AIA, principal and director of design, MVE & P Partners, Irvine, Calif.
Weissenhof Colony Housing Exposition (a.k.a. Weissenhof Siedlung) | LOCATION: Stuttgart, Germany | ARCHITECT: Team of 16, including Mies van der Rohe, the project's master architect, and Le Corbusier | BUILT: 1927 | UNITS: 21 buildings, with 60 units, of which only 11 homes survived | NOTABLE: The colony exempliflies what modernists envisioned as the “New Home”—a blueprint for future workforce housing. Weissenhof is still open to the public for tours.