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This is the way in! The entrance - the overture of the house

An exploratory tour that traces the architecture of arriving and entering.

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Meeting point: 65185 Wiesbaden, entrance Motel One Wiesbaden, corner Biebricher Allee/Kaiser-Friedrich-Ring 81

Included in the tour fee: Themed tour

The minimum number of participants is 4.

Additional dates, group appointments or corporate events are available on request.

Please note that there is a handling fee for processing your booking and printing your ticket immediately as [email protected]

Adults
22
Children 6-12 years
5

About the architectural tour

Whether we go to the office or to the supermarket: we use entrances every day, we pass through doors but only notice them casually, out of habit and because modern entrances pretend they don’t exist: the glass doors of the hotel entrance open by themselves.

In the late 19th century, when Wiesbaden became a big city, things were different: entrances welcomed visitors and served as a means of self-expression. The portal of the Landeshaus is designed to impress with its mighty portico. It demonstratively marks the threshold between outside and inside, the transition from public to semi-public space. Similar to this are the residential buildings on Gutenbergplatz, whose entrances are guarded by obelisks: The visitor automatically assumes a posture when approaching the wrought-iron front doors.

Entrances to houses are a built form of interaction, they tell us something about the habitus of the (former) inhabitants and the change in our self-image: modernity does not attach importance to representation – and falls into the house with the door: even the apartment buildings on the upper Klopstockstraße from the 1920s do without a driveway and front garden. The two churches in the district show how important the entrance can be, even today: the gates of the Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Trinity Church), like the columned portal of the Lutherkirche (Lutheran Church), alert the visitor to the fact that he is entering a different, sacred space – he involuntarily pauses.

With Christopher Schwarz, jury member of the German Architecture Prize.