extracts from modern architecture – Alan Colquhoun
pg 91-92 – Before writing (Die Stadtkrone and Alpine Architektur), Taut had already built the ‘Glass Pavilion’ at the Werkbund exhibition of 1914 in Cologne. This building anticipated the Volkhaus in miniature. Finanaced by a group of glass manufacturers, it was at once an exhibition of glass products, a ‘house of art’, and a sort of allegory. The visitors was guided through a sequence of sensuously calibrated spaces in which the effects of coloured glass and cascading water predominated, experiencing an ascent from telluric darkness to Apollonian clarity.
pg 92 – Taut’s friend and novelist Paul Scheerbart “Glasarchitekture” 1914, described in a great technical detail a universal architecture of glass and steel – transparent, colorful and mobile – that would usher in a new age of social harmony. Scheerbart’s Utopia was largely derived from writers of the Romantic period, particularly Novalis, who had revived the light and crystal symbolism of Judeo-Chrisitain and Islamic mysticism.