Architecture: Houses of the year – Swabia

This time it is fundamentally. "Homes of the Year" is one of the most popular books on the book market, designed to whet the appetite of those who wish to build. This is the house, the most common form of life in Germany. He has been under ideological fire for a long time. This year, words of revival such as forced collectivization and expropriation appeared. Juso President Kevin Kühnert wanted to give a wing to the elections east of the SPD in the wake of the five per cent mark.

In any case, populism has now reached the construction industry. The houses, presented and awarded each year in the "Maisons de l'année" series, are all designed by architects. 50 offices are represented in the book. But suppliers of prefabricated houses are also present on the market. Instead of the architect's fees, they calculate their marketing costs for model homes. The architecture journalist Katharina Matzig reminds in the preface of the book that the state should pay a premium of encouragement when an architect designs a house.

The architects also oppose ready-to-use products and defend their "philosophy": Hannelore Kaup, for example, who designed a beautiful clinker villa in the idyllic wall of the GDR, Sacrow, near Brandenburg. This is reminiscent of Mies van der Rohe's simple "Landhaus Lemke" from 1932, which can be seen at the other end of Berlin. Kaup writes on their website: "This is not the normal, the ordinary, but the special thing is the charm." The "House of the Year", awarded by the Callwey Publishing House at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, is also a brick building. And the construction task was pretty far from normal, ordinary. This is a new building located in the city center of Münster, which could not have been without a rich ingenuity, given the narrow space and integration with the historic urban landscape: such as the lighting of the rooms and the design of the stairs.

An equally creative solution is to gently renovate a partially collapsed half-timbered house in the middle of the historic old town of Bad Wimpfen, where 286 square meters of living space have been created on the same limited area as Münster's ( 130 square meters). Here, an elevator opens the floors.

The south-west is represented under the heading "densification in rural areas" with a suburb of Tuttlingen, also a complex construction project with a sophisticated solution. If you see the telephoto lens of the house at the dark wood facade, you wonder how the house was created in a dense mixed situation all around.

Tuttlingen reached the second row of the book, Bad Wimpfen on a back seat, in front of Clinker's villa in Sacrow. At the forefront, however, were items of rank, for which the savings bank was not allowed to calculate the repayment plan. Second place boasts a villa in a 5000 square meter park above Zurich. The illustration aims to prevent rather than to illustrate an impression of the location and the house, which consists of a collection of cubes.

The property of Zurich, which is much smaller with an area of ​​1000 m², with also a view of the lake and the mountain, is anything but unobtrusive. It is located in Herrliberg on the Gold Coast in Zurich. In the middle of Herrliberg, the grounds of the villa of former Federal Councilor Christoph Blocher, father of Swiss populism, occupy a sunny slope. He looks from here sunkönlich in the country and is happy here for the free media popular on the scene: in swimsuit in front of the Alps. Not far away, but in a much smaller format, here are the properties of the two bankers Credit Suisse, Igbal Khan and Tidjane Thiam, who could cross the garden fence before enriching the columns of scandal with their surveillance games in the city of Zurich.

The new property in this special residential area comes from an architectural office that offers a large villa wherever there is a magnificent view. Or similar properties with large apartments. It's always the same concept: panoramic window, concrete frame, infinity pool. Herrliberg is not very inspired by anyone who closely monitors his neighbor's car park when he reduces new areas of German development.

They are more likely to be among the proven Vorarlberg architects, who are represented each year with their wooden houses in green meadows, sometimes with smaller cubes. The planner Ernst May must have thought of such homes when he said in 1930 that "the single-family house in the low-rise building was ideal, as it represented the form of most natural life ". The tributes paid to the book by Ernst May this year are not suspicious. He himself built settlements.

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