There are places that are beautiful but not alive. And places that are both beautiful and lively at the same time. But what happens when places are neither beautiful nor lively? An exploratory tour!
This is the way in! The entrance - the overture of the house
An exploratory tour that traces the architecture of arriving and entering.
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]
- Children 6-12 years
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.
Until the day before the tour
We walk in all weathers. In case of persistent bad weather, the walk will be shortened as far as possible. In foreseeable extreme weather conditions, the tour will be cancelled by email/phone to all participants up to 1.5 h before the start of the tour.