Schminke House

Kirschallee 1b, 02708 Löbau

Tel. : +49 (0) 3585 862133

Fax : +49 (0) 3585 833010


www.stiftung-hausschminke.eu

General

The Haus Schminke by Hans Scharoun is one of four outstanding examples of the styles "New Architecture" and "International style" (architecture). It is in each of the architectural encyclopedias. The house was customized to meet the needs of the owner as well as the need to complement the natural environments by impressive solutions. The Haus Schminke was registered and finally placed under memorial protection in 1978. In 1930, Hans Scharoun designed the house for Fritz Schminke who was the owner of a noodles' factory in Loebau, Saxony, Germany. The realization was both at the same time, fancy and functionally adequate. A curved main body, terraces, outside stairs and numerous round, porthole shaped windows inspire the connotation to a steamship. Rooms merge flowingly; generous grasslands involve the garden as an extension of living space as well. Beside span and lucency, manifold design elements form the spatial experience.

Accessibility

Registration via bell at the gate or escort person for mobile ramp (9% gradient, 1 m long) at the entrance (door 89 cm). Accessible toilet: Door 93 cm, 121x130 cm in front of toilet, 88 cm from side wall. GF barrier-free.

 

Industrial Heritage

Modern architecture

They are the icons of the “modern architecture”: Frank Lloyd Wright's “Fallingwater”, Le Corbusier’s “Villa Savoye”, Mies van der Rohe’s “Villa Tugendhat” - and Hans Scharoun’s “Haus Schminke” in the small Saxon town of Löbau. The owner of the local Anker pasta factory approached the famous architect after a visit to the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart. Fritz Schminke wanted “a modern house for two parents, four children, and occasionally one or two guests”. The owner and the architect jointly developed the concept, which was realized from 1930 to 1933 and in which the formal language of modernism is expressed in an exemplary way. The curved body with terraces, outdoor stairs and numerous round porthole windows evokes the association to a ship. In the living area, the rooms flow smoothly into each other. Generous glass surfaces make the garden into an extended living room. Various design elements characterize the spatial experience. The utility rooms and bedrooms, however, are deliberately spartan – everything is practical and space-saving. The house, confiscated by the Soviet Army, was given back to the Schminke family in 1946, but because the pasta factory had also been expropriated, their livelihood had also been removed, and in 1951 they went to Celle. Haus Schminke was then misused for decades. But in this way it was at least preserved, and today after careful restoration can again welcome visitors. Even overnight stays are possible.

Icon of the modern age

The Schminke House by Hans Scharoun is one of the 4 most famous examples of “New Building” and “International Style” in the world. Hans Scharoun designed it in 1930 for Fritz Schminke, the owner of a pasta factory in Löbau. The realisation is as extravagant as it is functional. The curved corpus with terraces, external staircase and numerous round porthole windows remind of a ship. In the living area the rooms merge seamlessly. Enormous glass surfaces incorporate the garden as extended living space. Aside from width and transparency varied design elements in different shapes and colours accentuate the overall design.  By contrast, the utility rooms and sleeping area are deliberately kept in spartan fashion – with surfaces that can be easily cleaned and space-saving built-in cupboards. Public tours take place regularly. Individual requests are possible any time. Overnight stays, celebrations and conferences are also possible throughout the year.

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Accessibility Information

Access to the facility / moving inside the facility

Ramps with > 6% ascent are reported in the text

  • Door width min. 70 cm
    Entrance with max. one step or ramp


WC for wheelchair users

  • Door width min. 80 cm
    Access without steps (max. 3 cm) or with ramp
    Space in front of toilet min. 130 x 130 cm
    Space left or right of the toilet min. 80 cm
    Folding toilet support rails present