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House 14-15 of Weissenhof Estate

Stuttgart, Germany
1 of 11Art Classes With Annie Herron

For a time, Le Corbusier was not allowed to participate in the Weissenhof Estate project "because of his nationality" (he came from West Switzerland). However, at the insistence of Mies van der Rohe, Gustaf Stotz and Mayor Sigloch he was put back on the list of participating architects.

Mies van der Rohe had originally intended the twin house 14-15 as a single-family house costing RM 23,100, with five rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a maid's room. Le Corbusier and Jeanneret's initial plan adhered to this concept. In the plans, houses 13 and 14-15 were linked, which subsequently proved impracticable as the architects had wrongly estimated the ground level of the two houses.

Later, Le Corbusier redesigned the house, creating two house halves that would represent a novel, convertible house supplementing the single-family house. For the exhibition, one half was to be furnished and fitted for day use, the other for night use.

Characteristic features of the twin house are the continuous windows, the steel columns on the ground floor, and the two staircases standing out as independent cubes on the western side of the house.

The house is remarkably like a railway carriage - an impression accentuated by the convertible living and sleeping area, and the narrow corridor interconnecting the rooms.