BARREL HOUSE READY FOR OCCUPANTS (Jul, 1934)

BARREL HOUSE READY FOR OCCUPANTS

A house in which steel hoops take the place of joists, rafters and studding, has just been completed at Dusseldorf, Germany. According to the architect who originated the odd design, it provides strength and stability at reduced cost by eliminating the need for thick outer walls. The new style of construction, he asserts, is especially applicable in regions subject to earthquakes. Tests upon models preceded the construction of the first full-sized house, on which work began a few weeks ago and which is ready for occupancy (P. S. M., June ’34, p. 29).

4 comments
  1. Rick Auricchio says: October 8, 20128:53 am

    Unfortunately, that architect looks a little too Hitler-ish. And this was printed just at the start of Hitler’s rise to power.

  2. Hirudinea says: October 8, 20124:58 pm

    I wonder if this guy ever worked for Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH?

  3. Toronto says: October 9, 20128:13 am

    I’ve been in houses with hooped roofs, but never with the complete circular hoop, (as far as I know.) It makes an efficient use of living space under a snow-shedding roof.

  4. georgiahoosier says: October 14, 201212:59 pm

    It would be a great place for a restaurant called “Hindenburgers”

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