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Architect Erich Mendelsohn
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Location Stuttgart, Germany   map
Date 1926   timeline
Building Type commercial retail
 Construction System concrete, brick
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes site-determined irregular plan. exemplary development of building corner
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Discussion Schocken Department Store Commentary

"If one may cite Schoenberg: 'The final 'emancipation of dissonance' means that its comprehensibility is equal to its internal consistency. Its most noteworthy characteristic is the extraordinary brevity of each piece.' Dissonance also triumphs in this work of Mendelsohn's: on the one hand, there is the body of the store, proclaiming its horizontality in its solid and windowed bands, in the entrance floor, and in the sign running along the lower cornice line of the facade; on the other hand, there are the two pivot points of the semi- cylinders, one reverberating and elongated along the sloping street to the left, and the other echoing it across the roof from the other side of the building. Many critics have spoken of the musical quality of this building, of the play between 'inflection and counterpoint.' "

—Bruno Zevi. Erich Mendelsohn. p84.

The Creator's Words

"Mendelsohn's creative spark was ignited in World War I, like that of the other masters of world architecture of his generation. A civilization, it seemed to them, was at the end of its wits....'As few before us,' he said, 'we felt the meaning of living and dying, of end and beginning—its creative meaning in the midst of the silent terror of no-man's land and the terrifying din of rapid fire.' "

— Erich Mendelsohn. from Wolf Von Eckardt. Eric Mendelsohn. p11.

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Wolf Von Eckardt. Eric Mendelsohn. New York: George Braziller, 1960. LC 60-141514. NA1088.M57V6. discussion, p11.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. exterior axonometric drawing, p238. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Princeton Architectural Press, Inc. Erich Mendelsohn: complete works of the architect: sketches, designs, buildings. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1992. photo of exterior with both staircase towers, p153. photo of exterior and main staircase tower, p152.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photos, p89. — Available at Amazon.com

Bruno Zevi. Erich Mendelsohn. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1985. ISBN 0-8478-0555-7. LC 84-42748. NA1088.M57Z413 1985. discussion p84.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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