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Show houses (“Rotach” houses)
Show houses (“Rotach” houses)

Show houses (“Rotach” houses)

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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich
Pavillon Le Corbusier
Höschgasse 8
8008 Zürich
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  • Show houses (“Rotach” houses)
  • Show houses (“Rotach” houses)
  • Show houses (“Rotach” houses)
  • Show houses (“Rotach” houses)
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Two rivers have become one. We are standing on the banks of the Limmat.
On the other side of the river, below the gently sloping covered road, you see a beige housing block. They have a direct connection with the Museum für Gestaltung. In 1928 what was then the Gewerbemuseum – still housed in the National Museum – held an exhibition under the title “The New Home”. As part of its programme, the Museum had these houses built. During the exhibition they were used as show houses to test new kinds of construction and design. The houses were not demolished after the exhibition; until the 1980s they were rented out. The body in charge was the Rotach cooperative, which is why the houses are known not only as show houses but also as “Rotach” houses.
In the 1970s, when the motorway approach road was built behind the houses, they were threatened with demolition. But there was a successful campaign to save them. The houses were allowed to stay. They were sold to individual owners and are now classified as historical monuments.

Show houses (“Rotach” houses)
Image credits

Fotografie, Musterhäuser («Rotachhäuser»)
Abbildung: Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum

Plakat, Das neue Heim – Ausstellung, Kunstgewerbemuseum Zürich, 1928, Schweiz, Gestaltung: Ernst Keller
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Fotografie, Essbereich Obergeschoss Fünfzimmerwohnung, Haus Nr. 31, restaurierter Zustand 1993
Abbildung in: J. Christoph Bürkle, Ruggero Tropeano, Die Rotach-Häuser, Ein Prototyp des Neuen Bauens in Zürich, Zürich 1994, S. 80 / Fotografie: Martin Gasser und Christoph Eckert

Fotografie, Wohnbereich Obergeschoss Fünfzimmerwohnung, Haus Nr. 31, restaurierter Zustand 1993
Abbildung in: J. Christoph Bürkle, Ruggero Tropeano, Die Rotach-Häuser, Ein Prototyp des Neuen Bauens in Zürich, Zürich 1994, S. 81 / Fotografie: Martin Gasser und Christoph Eckert

Fotografie, Schlafzimmer Erdgeschoss Fünfzimmerwohnung, Haus Nr. 31, Blick gegen die Schrankwand, restaurierter Zustand 1993
Abbildung in: J. Christoph Bürkle, Ruggero Tropeano, Die Rotach-Häuser, Ein Prototyp des Neuen Bauens in Zürich, Zürich 1994, S. 78 / Fotografie: Martin Gasser und Christoph Eckert