Karel Teige, Author, Eric Dluhosch, Translator MIT Press (MA) $62 (p) ISBN His treatise The Minimum Dwelling (), translated into English for the first. Following Karel Teige’s famous diagram of this typology, we can understand minimum dwelling as a form of domestic space organised around. Karel Teige, the Czech communist, avant-garde artist, and architectural critic, was known for many insightful works. The Minimum Dwelling.

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The internet has taken a fancy to his surreal collages. The year wasthe same year Villa Savoye was completed. The common belief that architects mimic the artist myth and have artistic periods or phases is also a myth. In France alone, aboutdwellings destroyed during the war had been rebuilt by but there was still a shortage of 1, Using few resources to design and construct humane yet minimal dwellings for people was a really really useful thing for architects to do.

This is what Paris apartments were like in The plan on the left below, has stairwells with two and three doors off a landing.

The plan on the right has stairwells with three and five. Stairwells have windows because the corridor would be unlit otherwise. Dwellin have windows because cookers were either coal- or gas-fired. These building configurations and the apartment layouts they contain are the logical result of the desire to provide maximum rentable area without regard for daylight or amenity.

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See Cold Logic vs. His functionalism was not dwrlling irresponsible caricaturizations of Hitchcock and Johnson. All these houses with all their technical luxury and radical design devices, with all their formal originality, are really nothing other than new versions of opulent baroque palaces, that is, seats of the new financial aristocracy.

A machine for living? No, a machine for representation and splendor, for the idle, lazy life of the bosses playing golf and their ladies bored in their boudoirs.


A flat roof or steel furniture can never be regarded as the ultimate goal of avant-garde architecture. Karel Teigeone of the most important figures of avant-garde modernism of the s and s, influenced virtually every area of art, design, and urban thinking in his native Czechoslovakia.

Karel Teige – The Minimum Dwelling

His Minimum Dwelling, originally published in Czech inand appearing now for the first time in English, is one of the landmark architectural books of the twentieth century.

The Minimum Dwelling is not just a book on architecture, but also a blueprint for a new way of living. It calls for a radical rethinking of domestic space and of the role of modern architecture in the planning, design, and construction of new dwelling types for the proletariat.

Teige shows how Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and others designed little more than new versions of baroque palaces, mainly for the new financial aristocracy. Teige envisioned the minimum dwelling not as a reduced version of a bourgeois apartment or rural cottage, but as a wholly new dwelling type built on the cooperation of architects, sociologists, economists, health officials, physicians, social workers, politicians, and trade unionists. Today, karfl 30 tekge studio apartments and microflats, we can still see oversized kitchens, a space for a sofa opposite a flatscreen, a balcony off a living space, and an extractor hood tiege a full-size cooker.

Teige has much to say about how the minimum dwelling should not be a watered down imitation of bourgeois feige. The book covers many subjects that are still of great relevance.

He describes alternative lifestyles and new ways of cohabitation of sexes, generations, and classes. The detailed programmatic chapters on collective housing remain far ahead of current thinking, and his comments on collective dwelling dwdlling communal living experiments of the s and s, as well as the communal facilities in contemporary condominium buildings and retirement communities.


The Minimum Dwelling

For what is a retirement community or nursing home but a collective imnimum with shared dweloing, dining and living facilities? What Teige proposed then from the standpoint of communism, we now have as a consequence of capitalism.

Funny old world eh? It really is a pity that the interwar period anywhere east of where the Iron Curtain ended up being and west of Moscow is so little studied, but if anyone from the first Czech Republic is to be looked at it is Teige.

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And that kadel from the introduction is one of my favourite bits by Teige, very telling of him. I also used it to introduce him to my reading group: I found it difficult to write about Teige. Once again, thanks for the introduction. However, the whole conception, as we can read from the site plan, gives a puzzling, archaic impression.

The museum building in the shape of a pyramid has no functional justification and produces an effect of an old Egyptian, or rather old Delling atmosphere.

The spiral organization of spaces, giving ever-increasing areas of space to more recent periods, is achieved at the cost of ending up with a dark interior hall the Sacrarium makes a virtue of this necessity and at the cost of extremely difficult access from the top, by means of long ramps, and inadequate elevators. Great karfl, Karel — how right you were! Oh how we need you now! Teige has much to say about how the minimum dwelling should not be a watered down imitation of bourgeois values for such apartments symbolise the aspiration to traditional values rather than their rejection.

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