12 — Haus des Deutschen Metallarbeiterverbandes


Mendelsohn’s Haus des Deutschen Metallarbeiterverbandes (house of the German metal workers’ union) turns his stairway design inside out—the front of the building is concave. Its two wings spread out behind it, forming a V whose intersection is the plaza in front of the building. This concavity invites the passerby in, providing openness—and its large windows above the plaza allow the workers a pleasant view of the street below.

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