Augsburg: Wechs House

Ehemaliges Wohnhaus Wechs, 1929. Architekt: Thomas Wechs
Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

1929 – 1931

Architect: Thomas Wechs

Burgkmaierstraße 14, Augsburg

The two- respec­tively three-story cubic building with flat roof in modern-objective forms was built from 1929 to 1931 according to plans by Thomas Wechs as his own office and residential building in Burgkmairstraße.

Thomas Wechs completed a carpentry appren­ti­ceship with his father and then attended the building school in Augsburg until 1913.

Together with Georg Werner and Robert Vorhoelzer, he studied archi­tecture at the Technical University of Munich from 1913 to 1914 and from 1918 to 1921 under Theodor Fischer and Friedrich von Thiersch.

After graduating, he worked at the Augsburg Oberpostdirektion, where he contri­buted to numerous buildings of the Oberbayerische Postbauschule.

In 1922 he settled in Augsburg as a freelance architect.

From 1928 to 1931, he built the Schuberthof and Lessinghof housing complexes on Rosenaustraße in Augsburg, the first modern apartment blocks in Bavaria.

In the spring of 1929, Wechs acquired the building plot for his own office and residential building in Burgkmairstraße and completed the new building planning in the fall of 1929.

The architect’s house was the program for his archi­tec­tural style, which had inter­na­lized the principles of Neues Bauen as ideal, contem­porary urban architecture.

With its cubic structure and simple façade divided by windows, it fits almost seamlessly as a modern solitaire into the street­scape dominated by buildings from the turn of the century.

A roof terrace and a roundel leading to the garden are located on the southeast-facing rear façade of the building.

The spatial arran­gement consisted of a total of eight living and office rooms.

In addition, there was an extra apartment with two rooms and a kitchenette.

The former office and residential building is a listed building.

In 2020, an exhibition space for art, archi­tecture and design is to be set up in the building now called Haus der Moderne.

After renovation, the remaining space is to be rented out again as studios and offices.

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929-1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

Wechs House, 1929–1931. Architect: Thomas Wechs

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