Hannes Meyer. View plan of Kinderferienheim (Children’s holiday home), Mümliswil, Switzerland. 1937
The huge number of holiday and rehabilitation centers for children built throughout Europe in the 1920s and ’30s included some of the most progressive achievements of modern architecture. One of these was a mountain home with convalescent facilities for Swiss children of all classes designed by Meyer, a former director of the Bauhaus school of design in Germany. Using an innovative form of notation on the architectural plan, which revealed his fascination with the modern medium of film, Meyer added cinematic-style “projections” of landscapes that the children would be able to view from various rooms within the building. This emphasis on the way the spaces were experienced departed from the conventional definition of architectural form as a combination of static, enclosed volumes.
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