Over the centuries, SouthWest Germany has always been a progressive part of Germany, especially in technology and building design. Stuttgart, in particular, has a notable record of introducing leading-edge designs; but, throughout the region there are eye-catching gems of modern architecture, from museums and city halls to churches and homes. So, why not come and see some of Europe’s outstanding examples of contemporary design, right here in SouthWest Germany.
Art in SouthWest Germany
SouthWest Germany is not just about old buildings. John Stirling’s 1984 Neuen Staatsgalerie (New State Gallery) is a fine example of the Postmodernist style. It is home to one of Europe’s finest art collections and, as you walk through, you can enjoy ever-changing views through strategically-placed windows, corridors and courtyards.
Another example of interesting architecture is the Weissenhofsiedlung, an avant-garde housing estate built in Stuttgart way back in 1927. This early example of practical modern housing was designed by world-famous architects such as Gropius, van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.
In Weil am Rhein, in the state’s southwest corner, you can see the first German design by Frank Gehry, the veteran North American “starchitect”. With its complex of towers, ramps and cubes, his Vitra Design Museum has to be seen to be believed.
By contrast, the architecture of the Ritter Sport Museum is simple. Ritter is a well-known international chocolate company, known for its square pocket-sized chocolate bar. That’s why the Ritter Sport Museum is also square. Although the theme of the collection of modern art is square, the attitude is anything but “square”!