Hans van der Heijden: On Josef Hoffmann's Perspective sketch of a cottage, c. 1900

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Hans van der Heijden (*1963), on Josef Hoffmann Perspective sketch of cottage, undated, 2018. MDF.

When I received a tiny sketch of a cottage by the Viennese architect Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), I found the drawing at the same time intriguing and awkward. Hoffmann’s drawing suggests an expressive roof to the cottage, an attractive theme to me. It is ‘a little house with a big scale’. The cottage has a veranda with exaggeratedly thick columns. In the model the constituting parts of the architecture are articulated further. Basement, steps, columns, façade, gutter, roof and chimney are reduced to a composition which is based on the simple stacking of its parts. In order to stress the idea of stacking, the model has been built in sheets of MDF. The model is as small as the original sketch.

– Hans van der Heijden

Click here to see the tiny size of the model, alongside Hoffmann's tiny sketch; here to return to the Alternative Histories curatorial statement, alongside a slide show; and here, for a full list of participants.