A History of Western Architecture – David Watkin – The Glass Pavillion

Other Expressionist architects in Germany and Holland – pg 590 

 

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A highly influential communicator of ideas and creator of fantastical Expressionist designs, Taut established a ‘mythology’ of glass: he saw it as promoting in modern man a new self-awareness and freshness of approach which would eventually help diminish evil in the world. The simplified frieze or string-course of the Glass Pavilion, which Taut built for the glass industry at the Deutscher Werkbund Exhibition at cologne in 1914, was inscribed with aphorisms such as ‘coloured glass destroys hatred’. These were composed by the anarchosocialist poet and novelist Paul Scheerbart. Who, in turn, dedicated his book Glasarchitektur (‘ Glass architecture'”) of 1914 to Taut. The Glass Pavilion was a pineapple=shaped multi-faceted glass dome of rhomboid prisms, rising from a 14-sided base of glass bricks. The prisms were faced with coloured glass bricks. The prism were faced with coloured glass on the inside where there an ambitious cascade of water animated by a play of coloured lights from a kaleidoscope. Far more exaggerated fantasy informed the illustrations in Taut’s books, Alpine Architecture (Hagen 1919). The city Crow (Jena 1919) The Dissolution of Cities (Hagen, 1920). Here he envisaged a network of crystal domes and caves symbolizing the aspirations of a society, which he spelled out in the windy self-contradictory language of Utopian Socialism.

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