An Incredible Design Of Space Age German Lifeguard Station – Design You Trust

An Incredible Design Of Space Age German Lifeguard Station

Until German reunification Ulrich Müther, who was born in 1934 on the island of Rügen up in the Baltic Sea, went about his business behind the “Iron Curtain”, which is why his designs went largely unnoticed for a long time. That his artistic endeavors nonetheless took their cue from edifices far beyond the East German horizon is evidenced by their strong echoes of the oeuvre of Mexican architect Félix Candela Outeriño, who pioneered the use of reinforced concrete shell structures. In the course of his career, Müther designed more than 50 such structures, which earned him the title of “mastermind of building shells”. However, his remote location on the edge of East Germany also granted him some free scope from the socialist state system.

Architekturgalerie am Weissenhof in Stuttgart is now hosting a comprehensive show on the Ulrich Müther’s output, featuring exhibits from his extensive estate, which has been housed in the University of Wismar since 2006. The show will mainly consists of architectural drawings, individual models and photographs of Müther’s buildings.

Aside from his acclaimed “Kurmuschel”, a bandstand from 1987 located in Sassnitz on the island of Rügen, his most famous structures include the lifeboat station in Binz on the Baltic Sea coast, which he designed in 1968. These and others of his buildings can still be visited today. Only a few years ago Müther was personally involved in their restoration.

Müther’s reinforced concrete shell structures no doubt hold a special place in East German architecture, with its emphasis on standardization. In the international architectural context they can be mentioned in the same breath as the hyperbolic paraboloids by Switzerland’s Heinz Isler, Spain’s Eduardo Torroja, Italian Pier Luigi Nervi and Jörg Schlaich, who incidentally hails from Stuttgart.

Wilfried Dechau

Wilfried Dechau

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Children On North Sea Island Delighted By Flood Of Plastic Eggs
ZFC-1: The Real Zombie Fortification Cabin
Tiny Church On A Tiny Island In Russia Gets More And More Beautiful Each Season
Paris Mayor’s Race Offers Chance to Reimagine City
Photo of the Day: Fresh Fruits To The Space
European Communities by Immo Klink
See How This Row House Became The Best On The Block, With The Use Of One Simple Material
Amazing Glass House In The Middle Of Nowhere
The 'Smallest House in Italy' Is Architecturally Stunning
Cyril Porchet Photographs Ornate Baroque Churches Around The World
Japanese Photographer Turns His Closet Into Charming Work-From-Home Space
"Reforming The Built Environment": Architecture Photo Collages By Michael Jantzen
This House Looks Normal But It's Actually Made Entirely Of Newspaper
This House Was Designed With A Wall Space For Projecting Movies On It
Majestic Sails Benches Will Transport You To The Open Sea
"Passing Cloud" Reimagines What 21st Century Travel Can Be
Magic Architecture of Stéphane Malka
Tower of Books
A New Skatepark Unileved on A Shopping Mall’s Rooftop in Hong Kong
Re-Imagining The Empire State Building In 9 Different Architectural Styles
You Can Now Spend The Night In This Tiny Treehouse, Which Has A Sauna, Hot Tub And Slide
Photographer Fyodor Savintsev Captures 'The Dacha', A Unique Soviet Phenomenon
Pictures Of Arnold Schwarzenegger Walking Through Munich In Swimming Trunks In Order To Promote His Own Gym, 1967
Latin American Architecture Firm Gómez Platero Has Unveiled a Design for A Circular Monument in Uruguay to Remember Coronavirus Victims