House for Music
This 20 acre former NATO missile base is now a nature area and country park for artists, poets, composers and scientists who live and work on the site. The House for Music is a building dedicated to musicians.
The Stiftung (Foundation) Insel Hombroich is the owner of both, the Museum Insel Hombroich and the Raketenstation Hombroich.
Raimund Abraham wanted the building to reflect all the external forces of nature and to shield the interior from the exterior. In order to achieve a monolithic and sculptural character he used concrete as building material.
The entrance towards the east leads to the courtyard where a
circular, inclined concrete slab, 33 meters in diameter, seems to
float above the building. At the center of the concrete slab is a
recess in the form of an equilateral triangle, with side lengths of
The idea for Museum Insel Hombroich, based on a combination of
art, architecture and nature, came from real estate broker and art
collector Karl-Heinrich Müller.
The Langen Foundation on the site, designed by Tadao Ando, is a private foundation that does not belong to the Stiftung Insel Hombroich.
The House for Music was presented at the Biannual International
Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 1996. However, it was to be 10
years before construction started. Currently considered a completed
shell completion is planned for 2013.
Raimund Abraham was killed in a car crash in downtown Los Angeles in 2010 after lecturing at SCI-Arc. The House for Music was his last building.
Facts about House for Music
Heidelberg Cement Ingo Lothmann
Pavilions and Sculptures Stiftung Insel Hommbroich
Photographed by Thomas Mayer
Last updated: December 17, 2012