Taut’s Home

Berlin / Germany / 2008

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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.


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.


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.


Taut’s Home is a cultural treasure with the character of a museum. All furnishings are either handpicked 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.

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    Suitable for up to four guests, Taut’s Home e is a real-life experience of design history. It is astimulating 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. Built in 1925-30, Bruno Taut’s...

    Project details
    • Year 2008
    • Work finished in 2008
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings
    • Websitehttp://www.tautshome.com
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