Fagus Werk, Walter Gropius, Alfeld

a meeting of purpose and the Fagus-Werk

three exceptional persons met in time and place in Alfeld, Lower Saxony in 1910 to create and build a dream; the Fagus-Werk. In one side the experienced 52 years old Carl Benscheidt believed that people’s feet deserved healthier shoes, in the other side Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer on their late twenties believed that architecture must and can enlighten the job of people and organisations. These people seemed to me as leaving reasons of profit aside and focusing on better health for everyone, and enlightment for the those who will design and produce the lasts to make the shoes.

Being within these Bauhaus styled premises, one feels that economical success is a consecuence rather than the motive of this project that emerged from these three outstanding persons together and ultimately brought better feet health to mankind.

The unmistakeable Bauhaus styled housing settlement Georgsgarten in Celle.

Celle and suddenly Bauhaus

Landmarks of Bauhaus architecture and lifestyle mix with the traditional timber framed houses of the old city center in Celle, Lower Saxony.

The principal’s villa was about to be demolished to extend a parking building. Now turned into a museum.

The first attempts to use color in housing facades at the “Italian Garden” houses. Nearby the central services house at the Blumläger Feld that shows the attempts in the 30’s to provide affordable housing at the lowest cost and the Otto Haesler Museum, and details of the preserved Kitchen at one of the workers houses.

Closing the day in late afternoon in the streets of the old town in Celle and yet a Bauhaus styled Cafe.

close up of a sapling growing atop a mosy boulder

yew woods and Paterzell

Walking under the canopy of yew branches in the woods of the Paterzell one can learn many aspects of the Yew. Several stations set along the path guide the eye of the wandered to the particulars of this tree.

Yew wood has an old recorded history of use. From bowmaking to lutes, chemothreapy in the modern times, and for more or less earthy purposes very often found near graveyards and churches.

north entrance to the Paul-Heyse tunnel with street name plate.

Paul-Heyse tunnel and infamous infrastructure

some works of infrastructure happen to become social spaces of gathering like the Hackerbrücke and others become infamous places to run away from like the Paul-Heyse tunnel under the main train station in Munich.

Both works of infrastructure satisfy very well a practical need, and a comparison is from the very beginning unfair: We perceive bridges as beautiful works rather more often than we do about tunnels. But there are reasons why anyone would try to pass through this tunnel the swiftest the better: It is terribly noisy, dark, dirty, the tiled walls crumble, mucky water drops from the ceiling in several spots, way too narrow for bicyclists and pedestrians to use the sideways safely.

Yet, it is a landmark of Munich. Not one that you would like to show to any tourist, but one that tells a story. After all some stories are made of the words that aren’t said.

Photowalk in the golden hour in summer at the garden. Munich

the golden hour and a walk in the garden

in the late Sunday afternoon after a hot day the air is damp and full of life. Going out for a photographic walk in the garden in the golden hour can offer chances for some good pictures.

Westfriedhof long exposition U-Bahn departing station, platform is emptying. Orange and yellow ceiling hanging lamps from Ingo Maurer

Orange and Blue at the U-Bahnhof at Westfriedhof

The U-Bahnhof in Westfriedhof is a feast of complementary colors. Orange and yellow large dome-shaped hanging lamps by Ingo Maurer, blue casts off the walls and ceiling and the branded blue of the Munich U-Bahn. The access stairway sets a desaturated contrast that marks the entrance and enhances the transition to the vibrant underground.

The station is part of a modern and well designed connection hub of bus, tram and U-Bahn in the Westend of Munich. At the speed that the city is growing year-by-year, these infrastructures are very much needed. Visiting this one, offers a glimpse of how a well organised traffic system may look like. And how pleasurable to the eye and the soul moving around in public transportation can be.

70's architecture views are offered to the slow paced visitor and curious observer in the Olympiadorf

Olympiadorf above and Olympiadorf under

The Olympiadorf Munich was built for the Olympic games of 1972 as a city development experiment under the idea of a 300 hectare automobile-free “city-in-the-city”. After the games, the development was integrated into Munich. Nowadays about 6000 people live in this city quarter.

Despite maintenance and renovation works, the Olympiadorf offers a bubble view of the architecture and city visions of the early 70’s. It is an invitation to a slow paced visit of discovery and a feast of photographic composition.

There is an underground side to the Olympiadorf too. Hundred access points connect the upper world of pedestrians and bicyles with the under world of automobiles and parking lots. In these connexion points between the two worlds the more interesting views remain hidden to most casual visitors. Strong light contrasts combined with the cold hues of concrete and the almost 50 years of weathering make an interesting mix.

Desaturated colors are a trait that reflects a continuity between the two worlds above and below. Especially during an overcasted day or with thin sheets of clouds the blue cast on the highlights gives the place a special atmosphere.

Memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack of the 1972 Olympic Games, Olympiapark, Munich, Germany

memory of terrorism and olympiapark

Twelve persons killed by terrorism have their names engraved in a granite stone T-shaped memorial under one of the steel cables holding the canopies of the Olympiastadion. In the beloved and ever busy with joggers Olympiapark of Munich.

Opened in September 2017, the Erinnerungsort Olympia-Attentat stands at direct eyesight of the Olympiadorf, where the hostage in 1972 was started. Towards the opposite side you almost can see the memorial stone.

Disregarded and abandoned Piaggio Vespa in the streets of Munich, Germany. The legacy of the outstanding ingenuity of the Italian engineers of the 20th century.

piagio vespa cult

In the post-war years of Europe a wonder of mobility, later converted to a cult item, the Piaggio Vespa is one more exponent of the legacy of the outstanding Italian engineers of the 20th century.

Two young ladies take photographs of themselves perched over a beam at the Hackerbrücke bridge. In the background the sunset blue sky sets them as dark profiles.

hackerbrücke and the last hour of sunday

Young folks enjoy the sunset on Sunday hanging around and about the foundry bridge structure of the Hackerbrücke in Munich. The arch bridge is one of the last remains of the 19th Century and went through a partial reconstruction after the WW2