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Holiday let: 1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany

1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany
1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany

Not just a holiday let, this 1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany is pretty much a design history lesson too.

*Note that all images are (c) Ben Buschfeld and Katrin Lesser

1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany
1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany

The house is situated on Berlin’s famous Horseshoe Estate, which was designed by German architect and urban planner Bruno Taut in 1925-30 and is described as ‘innovative German town planning’ and a ‘modernist social-housing development’. It was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2008, not least because it is the closest you can get to the spirit of the fledgling modernist movement in Berlin.

1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany
1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany

The house is just 65 sq. metres, but still hosts two double bedrooms, a living area, small kitchen and bathroom. But that’s only half the story, with all the furnishings and fittings, including the kitchen, being either handpicked originals or made to measure pieces from 1930s models. There is also a reference library on modernist architecture if you want to know more.

1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany
1920s Bruno Taut-designed modernist property on the Horseshoe Estate in Berlin, Germany

The front yard has been restored according to the original blueprint with a small terrace, a number of fruit trees, lilac bushes and a hedge of wild roses, along with a patio and small lawn area. Well placed to explore Berlin too, if you want to get out and about.

Prices vary depending on when you want to go, but from £143 per night for two people gives you a rough guide. More images in the gallery.

Find out more at the Modern House website

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