Maisons de la Weissenhof-Siedlung, Stuttgart, Germany, 1927

Exceptional models of standard housing for masses, they caused a worldwide shock due to the international success of the fair.

Component of the serial property inscribed on the world heritage list, 2016


Since the inauguration of the Weissenhof Colony, these houses have served as a pretext for the announcement of "the five points of a Modern Architecture". These five points represent enormous freedoms when compared to the bonds which tradition imposed on construction in stone or brick.

At Stuttgart, two completely different house-types were presented. One corresponded to a new expression of life freed from artificial restrictions. It was the result of a ten-year study of the "Citrohan" house-type. The roof construction and fenestration were tandardized, a large living-room contrasted with the smaller rooms, the dimensions of which could have been reduced even further-had the municipal authorities given their approval.

The second house-type followed the same thesis, but in a different form. The large living room was created by the removal of mobile partitions which were used only at night to convertthe house in a way similarto a sleeping-car. During the day the house was open from one end to the other, forming one large room; at night all that which has to do with sleeping-the beds, dressing areas-could be found hidden in the blocks located in each sleeping area.

Extract from Le Corbusier, Oeuvre complète, volume 1, 1910-1929
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