alpine architecture

Atlantropa and the draining of the dutch Zuiderzee - „Weltbauen“ in the modern age.


In 1932 the german architect Herman Sörgel presents his plans of the „Atlantropa“-project, a fully man made continent. By lowering the surface of the Mediterranean Sea up to 200 meters, Sörgel wants to open up new land for settlement and agriculture. The search for living space (Lebensraum) for the People of Europe - which leads to the east-expansion  of the Nazi Regime during the Second World War - was a crucial theme for Hermann Sörgel as for many of hin contemporaries. But unlike the nazis and their predecessors, Sörgels intention was to create a peaceful and pacifist world at the junction of the two continents. In his eyes the combination of Europe and Africa should lead to one of three gigantic “great continents”: Asia, America and Atlantropa.  


The early years of the 20th century are characterized by the image of an omnipotent world creator - men like Sörgel, who doesn’t dare to change the surface of the world through utopian terra-forming. These macro projects are political architecture that create a new geography, a new economy a also a new society. These plans like Atlantropa and Bruno Tauts Alpine Architecture never have been realized, but the draining of the dutch Zuiderzee has become real.

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Alpine Shelter Skuta

The extreme climatic conditions in the mountains introduce a design challenge for architects, engineers and designers. Within a context of extreme risk to environ­mental forces, it is important to design buildings that can withstand extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, and rugged terrain. Responding to envi­ronmental conditions is not only a protective measure, but also translates into a matter of immediate life safety. The harsh conditions of wind, snow, landslides, terrain, and weather require a response of specific architectural forms and conceptual designs. 

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What is looking like a simple alpine hut from the outside in reality is a modest tourist attraction for kids. It’s supposed to be the house of Heidi the famous little girl that lived with her grandfather in the swiss mountains. So this alpine hut might have been used for a film set in the last century as there isn’t any commercial thing going on at this site.