The city is a stage on which we play theatre, preferably “auf’m Platz”. A successful space, easily accessible, with several entrances and spatial unity.
This is the way in! The entrance - the overture of the house
An exploratory tour that traces the architecture of arriving and entering - using the Lower Poets' Quarter as an example.
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 visit the supermarket: We use entrances every day, but notice them only casually, out of habit and because modern entrances pretend they don’t exist: the glass panes 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 representation. The portal of the Landeshaus aims to impress the visitor with its mighty portico. It demonstratively marks the transition between outside and inside, between public and semi-public. Just like the residential buildings on Gutenbergplatz, whose entrances are guarded by obelisks: The visitor automatically assumes a posture when approaching the beautiful, 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.