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HERITAGE: TAUT’S HOME – RENTABLE MUSEUM WITH 1920S SPLENDOR IN A HOUSE DESIGNED BY BRUNO TAUT
A PLACE FOR ARCHITECTURE LOVERS
Suitable for up to four guests, Taut’s Home e is a real-life experience of design history. It is a stimulating place to visit and offers a viable alternative for travelers looking for more than just another impersonal hotel and mainstream tourist attractions. If you appreciate the fine architecture and interior design of the "Golden Twenties" or wish to sample life in an original Taut suburban home, you are in the right place.
LIVING IN BRUNO TAUT’S ERA
Built in 1925-30, Bruno Taut’s Hufeisensiedlung is probably the most outstanding example of innovative German town planning. The estate in the south of Berlin enjoys international renown as a milestone of social building reforms and modern urban housing policy. It is fun to stroll through this mixture of carefully arranged townhouses and modernistic apartment blocks to experience the rural charm of the carefully woven fabrics of streets and public spaces. In 2008 the so-called "Horseshoe Estate" was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. But it is not just the special color scheme and the wide range of visual design on the buildings exterior view that are really impressive – the same is true for the clever room layouts and subtle details inside. Up to now few outsiders could ever see just how high living standards are behind these colorful facades. We decided to do something about this, so that architecture lovers from all over the world could enjoy these qualities, i.e. the genuine interior colors and numerous originals in full. The vacation home is completely restored and furnished in the style of the 1920s. It shows a passion for historic details and vintage interior design, and includes a small reference library of modern architecture in Berlin, too. Welcome to Taut’s Home.
LIGHT, AIR AND SUN ...
As you leave the subway, on the corner you will immediately spot Taut’s Home, a distinctive, white building with clean, angular lines recalling the "International Style" or Bauhaus Modernism. This was combined with a green residential neighborhood in line with a popular demand among reformers of the 1920s. The large front yard has been restored according to the original blueprint with a small terrace, a number of fruit trees, lilac bushes and a hedge of wild roses. Starting here, you walk through pathways lined with flowering trees and terraced garden homes to reach the impressively curved, 350 meter long structure which gave this residential estate its name. Only a few hundred meters from Taut’s Home stands "Schloss Britz", a handsome classicist building in leafy surrounds with a manor converted for cultural events. Here you will find several restaurants, performance stages and two museums. A short walk away, the former site of Germanys federal garden show is maintained as "Britzer Garten", a sprawling, delightfully varied park that is an attractive destination for garden lovers and joggers all year round. Moreover, the subway link is excellent for reaching other landmarks of Classical Modern Architecture and a wide range of tourist and cultural offerings.
CHARMING INTERIORS & CLEVER ROOM LAYOUT
Taut’s Home is a cultural treasure with the character of a museum. All furnishings are either hand-picked originals or made to measure from vintage 1930s models. This is probably the closest you can get to the spirit of emergent Modernism in Berlin. But unlike a museum the house isn’t designed just to be looked at, but lived in. Taut’s Home was carefully laid out as an accommodation following strict conservation practice, with all the modern amenities
• GREEN ROOM – living area with a nostalgic touch, large sofa, dining table, a handfull of guidebooks and reader’s corner
• BLUE ROOM – main bedroom in classic modern style with large double bed, elegant writer’s desk and treetop views
• YELLOW ROOM – second bedroom with a double bed (140 cm) and a window to the garden
• KITCHEN – a replica of another Taut housing estate nearby with red flooring and blue ceiling
• BATHROOM – small, cozy, functional and refreshing, yet with a touch of sophistication
• FRONT YARD – sit back and relax on 200 sqm of patio and lawn with shady fruit trees
Due to the passionate restoration work the house received the Berlin Monument Award called "Ferdinand-von-Quast Medal" and the highly prestigious "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award" 2013. The report from the European judging panel says: "The Jury was charmed and fascinated by the careful restoration of this small but important house on the 1925 UNESCO world heritage site (...) The restoration was based on intensive research, material evidence, surviving elements, photographs and knowledge of the design principles of ist period. A rewarding work of restoration and renewal, it commemorates a highly significant phase in the history of civil architecture. The outcome is a lively and powerful combination of bold colours, reason and form brought together by design.
WHERE TO BOOK
The minimum rental period is three nights. The private owners, Katrin Lesser and Ben Buschfeld, also offer to combine the booking with a guided tour through the estate. Further infos or booking details can be obtained via www.tautshome.com or by contacting the owners directly:
Phone +49 (0)30 60 10 71 93 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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kitchen, based on original designs by Bruno Taut, around 1927