Behrens House
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Architect Peter Behrens
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Location Darmstadt, Germany   map
Date 1901   timeline
Building Type architect's house
 Construction System brick and stucco facade, wood interior
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Art Nouveau


Photo, exterior overview

Photo, exterior facade

Photo, exterior close-up of Art Nouveau double doors




Elevation Drawing

Elevation Drawing


Lower Plan Drawing

Site Plan Drawing

Upper Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Discussion Behrens House Commentary

"In retrospect, much of this work now has the appearance of being derivative: the dining room furniture in particular is obviously close to the style of Henry van de Velde. The house is organized about a dining and music room on the raised ground floor, with a kitchen and ancilliary services in the basement, and the main bedrooms and studio space above. While this format was quite typical for a small burgeois house, its internal and external expression was unusual, particularly for its combination of features drawn from the English Arts and Crafts movement...with elements such as the high-pitched roof drawn from the German vernacular."

— from Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. p108.

Sources on Behrens House

Earl Moursund, University of Oregon (was Donald Corner and Jenny Young). Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.73, exterior photo of Art Nouveau doorway. PCD.2350.1012.1143.74, facade of house. PCD.2350.1012.1143.72, exterior overview photo of house in context.

Christian Norberg-Schultz. Casa Behrens, Darmstadt. Rome: Officina Edizioni, 1986. exterior photo from yard, p12. interior photo of staircase, p41. interior photo of la biblioteca, p60. exterior photo of front door, p13. exterior photo from street, p6.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. worm's eye axonometric, p222. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Behrens House


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