'LEDIGENHEIM'. A DWELLING FOR THE MODERN NOMAD
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Dwelling architecture designed purposely for temporary stay is a specific type of structure, whose history originates from the ancient hospitalitas and goes back to the very beginnings of European culture. It is paradoxical on account of its function, as it is connected with the state of being on the way, and as such stands in opposition to the task of protecting the place where it is situated - the ultimate cause of any building. In the modern age, when the way of life of whole social groups began to be characterized by growing mobility, the status of some individuals became ambiguous - suspended between the categories of nomadism and settled life. A similar dichotomy characterizes architectural forms set up for them. A varying time-span of the stay of their tenants does not allow those buildings to be classified either as a space of dwelling or of a short-term stay. They also evade classification in terms of profile which oscillates between commercial and caring purposes (a hotel and a shelter). The object which is the point of departure for considerations on the 'architecture of temporary dwelling' and the group of its addressees is the Hotel House for single persons and childless couples designed by Hans Scharoun for the 'Werkbund' exhibition in Wroclaw in 1929.
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