Heinrich Tessenow — Hausbau, 1920

500,00 DKK

Attractive very good and rare early copy published by Cassirer of the most famous of Tessenow’s writings, Hausbau und dergleichen (“House-Building and Such Things”)

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“Hausbau und dergleichen; mit 108 Zeichnungen und Photographien eigener Arbeiten.” Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1920 (1916). Large 8vo. Original publishers hardcover boards. 1. edition, second printing

Corners and top of spine with wear but solid. 138 pages. Inside clean and overall very well preserved

Tessenow (1876-1950) is considered together with Bruno Taut, Erich Mendelsohn, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe one of the most important personalities of German architecture.”Tessenow’s basic ideas were expressed in his text Hausbau und Dergleichen, a very didactic book in which he goes over the basic and permanent issues of architecture, as well as presenting his projected work until 1916.
One of the basic ideas is not to subtract from architecture the dignity that it has gained over the years. This argument was shared by the Italian architects who, during the fifties and after, defended the primordial importance of tradition in architecture, of the effort accumulated during centuries of experience and the distrust versus the experimentalist rhetorics who seek the formal renewal of architecture. Another basic idea is that of identifying craftwork with traditional bourgeois values. This leads him to give importance to the aspiration for order, loyalty and rigour as fundamental bourgeois values. Order, simplicity and clarity are also related to repetition as instruments used by simple people. This makes him tend towards a sort of primitive functionalism, a minimalist architecture that seeks to produce a strong and rich impression by means of repetition. In his books and his work, Tessenow always defended a rigorous research task of the essential forms: “The simplicity to which we aspire can represent the greatest richness, just as the formal variety that we have at our disposal can reveal itself as very poor”. (JOSEP MARIA MONTANER).

Heinrich Tessenow — Hausbau, 1920

500,00 DKK

In stock