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Le Corbusier's work – the houses in the Weissenhof housing estate

Le Corbusier's work – the houses in the Weissenhof housing estate

It is impossible to see into the future. But in 1927, whoever saw the new Weissenhof housing estate in Stuttgart found themselves in the 21st century – the concept and architecture were so groundbreaking. Two of the houses in this estate, designed by Le Corbusier, were elevated to the status of UNESCO World heritage sites in July 2016.

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887 – 1965), better known as Le Corbusier, was a pioneering thinker of modernism as an architect, urban planner and designer. The word "star architect" could have been invented for him; around the world, his buildings are still icons of new times, a new attitude and way of life. A whole 17 of his works have been accepted into the World Heritage List; seven countries on three continents submitted the application jointly.

Ahead of their time

The Weissenhof housing estate, also called the Werkbundsiedlung, was an enormous laboratory of the future: 33 buildings, eleven of which are still standing today, were built there under the direction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Together with Le Corbusier's "Haus Citrohan", his pair of semi-detached houses was and continues to be one of his most spectacular designs: airy and light, it rests on slender pillars, strict and elegant at the same time, with – back then an incredible luxury – generously-sized roof deck, living spaces that could be varied in their division and an ergonomically designed fitted kitchen.

Weissenhofmuseum Time Capsule

The first floor of the pair of houses is now home to the Weissenhofmuseum, a fascinating snapshot in time of the Werkbund exhibition of 1927. Room arrangement, colouring, and even pieces of the furnishing correspond precisely to the original. And they are an impressive demonstration of why Le Corbusier is regarded as one of the most important architects of the 20th century.

Opening times, tours and tips

Opening Hours

Tues - Fri 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sat, Sun 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Guided Tours

Guide Tours for the Public (in German language):

Tues-Sat: 3:00 p.m.

Sun and holidays: 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Group tours:

Group tours may be scheduled as desired.

Please register for group tours by telephone: +49 - 711 - 2579187

Further Information

www.stuttgart.de/weissenhof/

Le Corbusier's work in Stuttgart is part of the 'Holy and hospitable' UNESCO route. Other stops on the route are:

UNESCO World Heritage sites:

Other towns and cities worth seeing:
Overview of the 'Holy and hospitable' route
Events

The collections at the State Gallery in Baden-Württemberg's regional capital Stuttgart have been shaped by their roots in Württemberg's history but also by the international approach the gallery has adopted since the Second World War. Opened as the Museum of Fine Arts in 1843, the gallery became the New State Gallery in 1984, occupying a striking new building designed by British architect and Pritzker prize winner James Stirling.

The New State Gallery houses a collection of international standing that spans eight centuries. Art from 1800 to 1900 and works from the 20th century provide the main areas of focus. The 19th century is featured in paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, Anselm Feuerbach, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne. From the 20th century there are outstanding individual works and important ensembles by Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Oskar Kokoschka, Willi Baumeister, Oskar Schlemmer, Hans Arp, Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer. Post-1945 art is also represented by works of International Abstraction, Pop Art, Concept Art, Minimalism, Land Art and new movements that have emerged since 1980.
The collection is complemented by works from earlier periods, from Old German Paintings from 1300 to 1550, Italian paintings from 1300 to 1800, Dutch paintings from 1500 to 1700 – including works by Rubens and Rembrandt – through to German paintings of the baroque era.
The Department of Prints and Drawings includes examples from every country in Europe and every artistic era since the Middle Ages.

Upcoming dates:

14.03.2019 - 28.07.2019

12.04.2019 - 11.08.2019

07.06.2019 - 20.10.2019

11.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

Venue

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 38
70173 Stuttgart

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Stuttgart Wine Festival is a quiet celebration of Swabian gemütlichkeit – there are no fairground rides and no loud music.

 Instead, in the heart of the city, 120 stalls decorated with vines serve typical Swabian dishes such as maultaschen (ravioli), kässpätzle (cheese noodles) and ofaschlupfer (sweat bread pudding) along with a range of regional wines. A scaled-down version of Stuttgart Wine Festival has been held in Hamburg every summer since 1986.

Upcoming dates:

28.08.2019 - 08.09.2019

Venue

Innenstadt
Schillerplatz 4
70173 Stuttgart

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Every September, Stuttgart hosts the Cannstatter Wasen, Baden-Württemberg's largest festival and one that is ranked as the second-biggest beer festival worldwide after Munich's Oktoberfest. Swabians have a reputation for frugality, but the Cannstatter Wasen shows them in a very different light – as happy, friendly, fun-loving folk with a sense of tradition.

Every year from late September until well into October, hundreds of showmen, breweries and traders set up their tents and stalls at the Wasen, the huge festival grounds in Stuttgart's Neckarpark. Swabian gemütlichkeit and a positively electric party mood in the many beer tents set the Wasen apart from the many other fairs in this region. Millions of visitors join in the excitement, enjoying thrills and spills on the traditional and the modern rides, and savouring a variety of Swabian, German and international food. This is one of Germany's sunniest regions, so wine belongs at this fair just as much as fresh, frothy Württemberg beer, both of which are best enjoyed with friends. Get to the tents early because they soon fill up and close when they reach capacity. Fortunately there are plenty of them, all offering free admission, because everyone wants to have fun at the Wasen, the big, friendly, traditional fair for the whole family.

Upcoming dates:

27.09.2019 - 13.10.2019

Venue

NeckarPark Stuttgart
Mercedesstraße 50
70372 Stuttgart
Fon: +49 (0) 711 9554 3300

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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