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Peter Kulka: Bosch Haus Heidehof, Stuttgart

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ISBN: 9783930698554    Publisher: Edition Axel Menges Year of publishing: 2005     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 60        
Text in English and German. Early in the 20th century, Robert Bosch, the founder of the Stuttgart electrical business, built a large villa on the hills east of the city. It was half Palladian, half in the reform...Read more
Text in English and German. Early in the 20th century, Robert Bosch, the founder of the Stuttgart electrical business, built a large villa on the hills east of the city. It was half Palladian, half in the reform style of the period before the First World War. The building was to meet the head of the companys need for prestige, and to provide a private refuge thanks to the pleasant qualities of its large park and open position. The foundation of the same name is now housed in the Villa Bosch, but the space available has not been adequate for some time. As the company also needed rooms for seminars and other events, a decision was taken to build new accommodation next to the villa. Seven well-known teams took part in a restricted competition, including Tadao Ando, Richard Meier and Richard Rogers. The commission went to Peter Kulka, based in Cologne and Dresden. He found a convincing solution to the problem of leaving the dominance of the old building untouched and at the same time making the foundations new accommodation attractive in its own right. He came up with a second 'villa' slightly below the first one, precise in its volume and minimalist in its resources.
The building responds impressively to the challenges of the topography, the landscape around it and its neighbouring building. Kulkas work combines transparency with physical presence, structural austerity with poetry. This villa suburbana represents a milestone in his career. Kulka, born in 1937, was a pupil of Selman Selmanagic and worked with Hermann Henselmann, Hans Scharoun and in various partnerships before setting up his own practice in 1979. He has been seen as a member of the German architectural avant-garde since his Dresden parliament building (1991-94).
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About the author: Wolfgang Pehnt
Wolfgang Pehnt, who teaches architectural history at the Ruhr University in Bochum, is the author of many publications on 19th- and 20th-century architecture;... Read more
Wolfgang Pehnt, who teaches architectural history at the Ruhr University in Bochum, is the author of many publications on 19th- and 20th-century architecture; in addition to his standard work on Expressionist architecture he has published, among others, monographs on Gottfried Bohm, Karljosef Schattner and Rudolf Schwarz. The very first volume of the Opus series, about Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum, is also by him. Peter Walser is not only an architect as his first profession, but also works as a sought-after designer and architectural photographer. He has already appeared in the Opus series with the volume on Baithasar Neumann's pilgrimage church in Neresheim.
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