Das wachsende Haus
The Growing House
Martin Wagner/Christian Hiller/Jesko Fezer/Nikolaus Hirsch/Wilfried Kuehn/Hila Peleg

Commented by Tom Avermaete, Franziska Bollerey, Ludovica Scarpa and Tatjana Schneider

200 pp.
thread-sewn gatefolded brochure

Leipzig May, 2015
ISBN: 9783944669960
Edition Number: 1

Width: 21 cm
Length: 29.7 cm

Language(s): English, German

Christian Hiller, Jesko Fezer, Nikolaus Hirsch, Wilfried Kuehn, Hila Peleg

Martin Wagner

Studio Matthias Görlich

HKW - Haus der Kulturen der Welt


In 1931, Martin Wagner, head of planning for Berlin, set up a working group tasked with developing a design for a »growing« house. The group included Egon Eiermann, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Erich Mendelssohn, Hans Poelzig, and Hans Scharoun. As an architectural response to the Great Depression and the collapse of the building industry, they formulated plans for adaptable micro-houses, which were to provide only what was necessary and expedient and whose design should be capable of being modified in accordance with the socio-economic circumstances of the inhabitants. These models were exhibited in Berlin and documented in the publication »Das wachsende Haus« (The Growing House).

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