TAUTES HEIM - Rentable Museum in the Hufeisensiedlung World Heritage Site
House tour + lecture on research and restoration
Living like in the Golden Twenties: the rentable museum "Tautes Heim" makes it possible and is an offer for lovers of modern architecture. The terraced house with garden and terrace, designed by architect Bruno Taut in the 1920s, is part of the Berlin Hufeisensiedlung in Neukölln-Britz, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The house and its interior resemble a journey back in time. It has been very faithfully renovated by the private owners and furnished with great attention to detail in the style of the period in which it was built. After two years of intensive research and restoration work, it has served as a holiday home for 2-4 people since 2012, collected many awards and fills a gap in Berlin's museum landscape and World Heritage communication in an innovative way.
Sun, 13.10.2019 at 4.00 pm
Guided tour through the Hufeisensiedlung followed by a house tour of www.tautes-heim.de, in good weather with an outdoor exhibition on the restoration work in the garden; starting point of the tour: festival headquarters "Infostation Hufeisensiedlung", Fritz-Reuter-Allee 44, 12359 Berlin;
Duration: approx. 2h; Attention: Limited number of participants. Registration required.
Afterwards at approx. 6.30 p.m.
Picture lecture on the research and restoration work. Another topic will be various projects that have emerged in the wake of the privatisation (initiated by the Senate in 1998) of the terraced houses in the listed ensemble; venue: Festival headquarters "Infostation Hufeisensiedlung", Fritz-Reuter-Allee 44, 12359 Berlin; followed by a "get together" to round off the Triennial weekend.
As an architect, Bruno Taut designed no less than four of the total of six "Estates of the Berlin Modernism" buildings, which have been jointly listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008. Taut also became known for his use of strongly coloured facades. In "Tautes Heim", all the interior colours that were just as typical for the architect were also scientifically examined for the first time, documented in the form of exposed original windows and meticulously restored. The house also has an outstanding amount of original substance. These include all three historic tiled stoves as well as all door handles and window handles from the period of construction. Even the stone-wood floor, a typical floor covering of the 1920s, was reconstructed true to the original. The garden was also restored according to historical designs with a rose hedge, typical fruit trees, herbaceous borders and a terrace. The architect also had specific ideas about the interior design, which he published in several papers. As early as the 1920s, people spoke of "dewing" his flat. This expression referred to the renunciation of outdated traditions and unnecessary ornamentation in the interior design. Now you can spend a relaxed holiday here in a typical period ambience in the middle of the World Heritage Site without having to forego discreetly integrated modern comforts. The house tour is rounded off with a tour of the settlement beforehand and a subsequent lecture by the owners on the research and restoration work.
In 2013, Taute's home and its operators were awarded the "EuropeanUnion Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award" (awarded to only three properties in Berlin!) and the "Ferdinand von Quast Medal", Berlin's prize for the preservation of historical monuments. Further prizes for general commitment to monument conservation followed. The project has been widely reported in the press, radio and television.
Renting as a holiday home and further information:
info-at-tautes-heim.de - Tel. +49 - (0)30 - 60107193
www.tautes-heim.de [German + English]
Press enquiries and information flyer:
Organiser and operator:
Landscape architect Katrin Lesser -
Graphic designer Ben Buschfeld