A chance to get up close and personal with a bit of Berlin design history. You’ll find this 1920s house designed by German architect and urban planner Bruno Taut on the charmingly named Horseshoe Estate. The house has been faithfully restored to its original condition but updated where it concerns essential mod-cons like heating, hot water and Wifi!
By today’s standards the house is small but the efficient lay-out is an exercise in that famous old German efficiency. Slotted into 65sq metres you’ll find two bedrooms, kitchen, living and bathroom. The great outdoors has not been neglected – there’s a cottage style garden of roses, fruit trees and an inviting lawn.
In 2008 the Horseshoe Estate (Hufeisensiedlung) was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2008 as an outstanding example of modernist social housing. Taut’s House is a way of experiencing the heady euphoria of those times – and evaluating how well it stands up to the test of time. Explore this house proud neighbourhood by foot or bicycle – the hosts can also inform you about architectural tours to the area.
What We Love
In addition to the overall atmosphere and experiential aspect of the ‘total Taut’ environment, the pluses here include original and restored vintage furniture dating from the 1930’s. We also admire the attention to detail from sourcing Taut’s original colours to using traditional restoration methods and materials where possible. There’s also a small but inspiring collection of design books to get your dreaming about your own home project.
Parchimer Allee subway station is a minute away from here’s a few short stops to hipster hoods of Neukölln and Kreuzberg, otherwise it’s a 20 minute ride to Alexanderplatz & Friedrichstraße stations, 35 minutes to the sites of Western Berlin. It’s 15km from the airport.
Note: the minimum rental period is three days and prices vary according to the number of guests and days. Check their website for the latest fees.
Life without Love sung by Marlene Dietrich.