I’ve just noticed that this week the blog has become a bit of a graveyard, with Max Lamb and Aaron Rose the only souls amongst our content still living. I’d just like to confirm we don’t have any prejudice against those breathing, it’s just a coincidence that this has transpired. Saying this I’m not going to be bucking the week’s trend just yet as I stumbled upon this delightful house in Wuppertal, Germany that I couldn’t help but share with you all today. Richard Neutra, who Mark has highlighted to us previously, was somewhat of a master architect and his designs really do stand as the perfect example of the Modernist era in full flow. Many use his work as a reference point to all the great architects of this era converging into one body of thought, and personally I think this home and it’s understated beauty summarise everything that great architecture should be.
The Austrian hit the prominent period in his career after he moved to Los Angles in 1925, building over a hundred houses in the city, which in turn gave great influence on the defining of the modernist aesthetic that so many of us have come to love. This particular house was of course constructed in Germany however the style that he developed in LA was typical of what we have here, with the long clean lines and sheet glass from floor to ceiling. This home was fabricated in 1965, five years before Richard passed, created as part of an undercurrent of work he designed with his son Dion between 1960 and 1970. The pair formed a partnership and worked together on eight villas in Europe, three in Germany like we have here, another four in Switzerland, before a final one in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.
It’s hard for me to find words to justify how great his homes really are, they are minimal without being clinical, packed full of character and colour without the chaos that this can bring, and most importantly inviting and tailor made to each owner. An epitome of visual balance and poise. Richard Neutra was and still continues to be a remarkable inspiration, if you’ve got the time I’d strongly suggest you research more into his life’s work. Further information and imagery can be found on his dedicated webpage that’s run by Dion, I’l’ leave the link for this just below. Enjoy!