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Keywords Change this

Wood, Neue Sachlichkeit, Modernism

Project timeline

1929 – 1929

Type

Private House

Location Change this

Am Waldrand 15-17
14548 Caputh
Germany

Also known as Change this

Einsteinhaus

Architect Change this

Einsteins House Change this

Caputh, Germany
by Konrad Wachsmann Change this
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Konrad Wachsmann build a timber summer house for the great physicist Albert Einstein. They work together on the plans for the wooden house and rejected the idea of Einstein's wife to be build in stone. The house was inhabited by Einstein, his wife Elsa and their daughters during cold winter periods from 1929 to 1932.

The house had a cellar and was built in a combination of locally known half-timbered and board and slab building style. Using this technique the scaffolding consists of beams that are connected with each other. Both the outer and inner walls and the ceilings are built of timber slabs or rather boards.

The house was built mainly of Oregon pine and Galician fir. For the isolation between the inner and outer walls different materials have been used, for example a layer of turf and a few centimetres wide space of air. To maintain the look of a log cabin the façade consisted of boards running horizontally with a few visible beam ends. It was lit up by big French windows with white window shutters.

Over the entrance on the north side of the ground floor we find a big living room with a chimney and a direct entrance to the covered terrace at the south side of the house. Attached is Elsa’s room and next to it Einstein’s working and sleeping room, the kitchen, the hall, the bathroom and the toilette. From the ground floor a stair led to the upper rooms. There were the room of Einstein’s stepdaughter Margot, a guest room - here lived Einstein’s second stepdaughter Ilse and her husband Rudolf Kayser and a room for the housekeeper and a toilette. The roof terrace could be reached over the upper rooms or a stair on the outside.

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