|Oswald Mathias Ungers - Germany|
Ungers House I, Cologne
Belvederestr. 60 / Quadratherstr. 2
1958, 1989 - 1990
This building is the first house Oswald Mathias Ungers designed and constructed for himself. Located on Belvederestrasse
in Cologne-Müngersdorf, it was described as "manifesto" by Reyner Banham. The house was finished in 1959 and subsquently
remodeled on several occasions. The addition of a sophisticated library structure in 1990 is considered to be the most important change.
The building represents the cultural climate of the 1950, subsquently the architectural values reached a point of crisis, which is shown
in the history of the CIAM. The building is arranged like a city or an ancient villa - it is like an articulated structure of spatial units and
building parts. Today this building houses the Ungers Archive which was founded in 1990 by Oswald Mathias Ungers and his wife Liselotte.