Deux maisons du Weissenhof ŕ Stuttgart

Year: 1927 / Place: Stuttgart, Germany


1. The documents 
The order given by Mies van der Rohe for Blocks 11 and 13 of the Weissenhof colony, in Stuttgart (later termed houses C1 and C2), arrived in October 1926, after the initial distrust of German institutions towards French-speaking Swiss architects had been overcome (see Karin Kirsch, 1987). Le Corbusier met Mies in Stuttgart in November, when the famous photograph of the two architects discussing during a stroll was taken.

On December 15, 1926 the three plates, “Stuttgart 798”, “– 789” and “– 800” (FLC 7642, 7643 and 7644) were drawn, with the plans, the southeast front and the view overlooking the two houses. Although sections of the ground giving warning about the relief had been sent by Mies (FLC 7676 and 7677), the project drawings are imprecise at ground level, and even show geometrical incoherence between house C1 and the soil.

The two houses, set in parallel, belong to different models: the Citrohan type for C1, and the linear building, a type as yet unexplored by Le Corbusier, for C2. Le Corbusier later said, talking of the houses as already built: “The one [C2] was a kind of combined sleeping and saloon car… the other [C1] was a dwelling which had drawn from the sources of the primitive house a kind of strength and some simplification in the way of living”, (Le Corbusier, 1928).
Josep Quetglas, María Candela Suárez

FLC 7644 Axonometric of two types with surroundings

FLC 7674 "Site plan of types C1, C2 and C2bis with color, dimensions, legend and notes / Sketch"

FLC 7650A Section / Dimensions and legend with German version handwrittene

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