Aussenansicht des Haus Esters in Krefeld, © Stadtmarketing Krefeld

Haus Es­ters and Haus Lange

Bauhaus ar­chi­tec­ture in Krefeld on the Lower Rhine

Mies van der Rohe’s Haus Es­ters and Haus Lange are re­garded as be­ing clas­sic ex­amples of the mod­ern build­ing style of the 1920s.

The two homes, which are loc­ated next door to each oth­er, and which were de­signed by star ar­chi­tect Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe on be­half of two Krefeld silk man­u­fac­tur­ers, Dr. Josef Es­ters and Her­mann Lange, can ac­cur­ately be de­scribed as icons of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture.

The two-storey houses, which were built at the end of the 1920s, are called Haus Es­ters and Haus Lange after their own­ers, and with their cuboids that have been in­ser­ted one in­side the oth­er and their char­ac­ter­ist­ic flat roofs, they are re­garded as be­ing out­stand­ing ex­amples of the clas­sic­al mod­ern style. They were built at about the same time as the Haus Tu­gend­hat in Brno and the world-fam­ous Bar­celona Pa­vil­ion, which were also de­signed by Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe.

Walls and steel girders

The struc­ture of the two Bauhaus vil­las is based on a mix­ture of sol­id walls and steel girders, which are covered in dark red brick. The use of the steel girders means that large win­dows could be in­stalled, which can in part be en­tirely set back in the walls and which con­nect the in­teri­or with the ex­ter­i­or.

At the re­quest of the cli­ent, closed rooms were in­stalled in some areas of the build­ings. Even so, the ba­sic prin­ciple of the design - the flow of the space in Haus Lange and Haus Es­ter - can still be felt. On the side fa­cing to­wards the street, the build­ings look very closed and com­pact, while in the rear area, walls, bal­conies and ter­races cre­ate steps down in­to the gar­dens. The gar­dens them­selves are de­signed like parks and are char­ac­ter­ized by ex­pans­ive lawns and ma­ture trees.

Since 1955 and 1981 re­spect­ively, Haus Lange and Haus Es­ters have been used as ex­hib­i­tion spaces for con­tem­por­ary art. The Kun­st­museen Krefeld (Krefeld art mu­seums) reg­u­larly show ex­hib­i­tions here, al­though the two vil­las can also be re­garded as ex­hib­its in them­selves.

www.baukunst-nrw.de/Haus-Es­ters | www.baukunst-nrw.de/Haus-Lange | www.kun­st­museen­krefeld.de

Open­ing hours: 
Only open dur­ing ex­hib­i­tions.

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Lass Dich in­spir­i­er­en: Das Haus Es­ters und das Haus Lange in Bildern

Aussenansicht des Haus Esters in Krefeld, © Stadtmarketing Krefeld
Ansicht auf das Gebäude, © Thomas Robbin
Haus Lange und Haus Esters in Krefeld Ansicht von Weiten, © Thomas Robbin
Museum Haus Lange Westansicht, © Volker Döhne, Kunstmuseen Krefeld

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