Atelier Hermann Rosa, located in Munich, Germany | The Hardt
Atelier Hermann Rosa, located in Munich, Germany. Atelierhaus Hermann Rosa is a daylight studio built as a big sculpture by hand without any machines by sculptor Hermann Rosa (1911-1981) in Munich between 1960 and 1968. An elemental concrete stair leads one up to a vaulted hall. A simple round skylight recalls the moon. Modest pavers lead the eye and the inhabitant deeper into the forest glade. The sculptor Hermann Rosa personally built his ateliers in Munich like larger-than-life concrete sculptures. Due to the manual, up and dismantling way of working as well as the choice of fewer base materials his architectural work differs from the modern one and refers in its design language clearly to these. Sunlight was both tectonic and mass for Rosa. As in his late work, two portrait heads, he sought in the architecture of the enclosed space stormy and purist at the same time.
“The studio building Rosas is a radiant solitaire in the German architectural landscape. It is a spatial work of art that can hardly be compared to architectural radicalism throughout Germany in the decades between 1950 and 1980. Decades before the so celebrated concrete minimalism of Luigi Snozzi, Peter Märkli or Peter Zumthor, Rosa created a masterpiece whose impressive and moving spatial asceticism will outlive many fashions of architecture and which deserves a place of honor in post-war German architectural history. “
The interiors are denuded of all save the absolute minimum. A single material (concrete) is deployed throughout with tremendous effect. Silver birches soften tough exteriors. Boarded formwork joints part and make way for inset plumbing pipes, which become sculptural – a bas-relief of utility. An elemental concrete stair leads one up to a vaulted hall. A simple round skylight recalls the moon. Modest pavers lead the eye and the inhabitant deeper into the forest glade.
Photography by Jürg Zimmermann. Images courtesy of Atelier Rosa.
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