Stuttgart ia a stunning medieval town in the south of Germany, in the Baden-Wuttenberg region. But why should we organise a design tour right in Stuttgart? Actually there are two main reasons: the Weissenhof settlement and the Staatgalerie.
This neighbourhood, in the north of Stuttgart, is easy to reach by public transport. The Weissenhof houses were designed and built for the exposition organised in 1927 by the Deutscher Werbund, an association established with the aim to strengthen the relationship between artisans and businessmen. The Weissenhof settlement, that praises several buildings designed by some of the most famous architects of history such as Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Gropius and more, had the aim to show to the world the architecture of the Modern Movement.
The artistic director of the project was Mies Van der Rohe, and was in charge to assign the lots and the funds: the result was a modern neighbourhood made by 21 buildings and 60 flats. Clearly, all of them followed the philosophy or the Modern Movement with simple facade, long windows and a lot of prefab elements. From these 21 buildings, nowadays only 11 of them survived.
Mies van der Rohe
The Staatgalerie Stuttgart
The Staatgalerie, the Stuttgart modern art museum, is exactly in the centre of the town and it’s a rare treasure chest. The original building was built in 1800, but the renovation of 1984 was curated by the famous architect James Stirling, Inside the museum there are some of the most famous paintings of the world: from Mondrian to Mirò, Picasso and Kandinskij. Beyond the modern artists, there is also a juicy calendar of contemporary art events and exhibition, with incredible installations that changes several times a year.