Max Taut

Max Taut

Part of


  • O.M. Ungers (collector)
  • Max Taut (creator)
  • Max Taut (architect)
  • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


Max Taut

Dates of creation

between 1919 and 1920

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 5 drawings
  • 3 textual records

Scope and Content

Series documents the contribution of architect Max Taut to the correspondence circle of Die gläserne Kette, with Max Taut writing under the pseudonym Kein Name.

Born in 1884 in Königsberg, Germany, Max Taut trained in carpentry and building before working in an architectural firm in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1911, he worked independently, and later shared a practice with his brother Bruno Taut and Franz Hoffman (who joined them after 1914). His first architectural projects consisted primarily of schools. After his military service from 1914 to 1918, Max Taut joined the Arbeisrat für Kunst and the Novembersgruppe. After the First World War, he undertook several architectural projects, both private and public commissions such as housing and office buildings (mainly in Berlin), and also worked on projects for exhibitions. Unable to pratice during the Nazi Regime and the Second World War, Max Taut return to his architectural practice after the war and taught as a professor of architecture at the Hochschule für bildende Kunst in Berlin from 1945 to 1954. He undertook mainly housing development projects during this period. He died in Berlin in 1967. (Source: Ian Boyd Whyte, Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

The series comprises part of the correspondence of Max Taut to the Die gläserne Kette circle and related drawings. The series also includes photographic materials of some of his architectural projects.

Reference Number


Related units of description

  • The CCA collection contains other works by Max Taut (6 objects, predominantly photographs).


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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0021:001-006
    • Title: Material from Max Taut mostly for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: printed between 1919 and 1920
    • Form: drawings, textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 6


    • Max Taut (author)
    • Max Taut (draughtsman)
    • Die gläserne Kette (correspondence writers)
    • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


    Part of a miscellaneous group of visual and textual documents collected by Oswald Mathias Ungers, apparently to represent the work of artists/architects in Die gläserne Kette. Primarily formal in purpose, this group includes abstract compositions as well as architectural projects such as the Revolving House. Includes reprographic copies of drawings and a draft of Taut's introduction to the Akademie der Künste catalogue, 'Die gläserne Kette' (p. 5-6). These reprographic copies were accessioned as received in an orange folder inscribed with Taut's name and pseudonym.

    Quantity / Object type:

    7 file(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • theoretical drawings

    Technique and media:

    Mostly cyanotypes ? with a few carbon copies


    sheets (range [some irreg.]): 19,1 to 38,1 x 17,6 to 34,6 cm

    Drawing Type:

    • line drawings

    Method of Projection:

    • pictorial drawings
    • plans (drawings)
    • elevations (drawings)

    Physical Description:

    - The folder has been retained and is stored with the works of this group. Prints have old folds and a few tears, and some are irregularly trimmed. The two sheets of tracing paper are stapled together at the u.l. corner, and have a few small folds.


    signed - by the draughtsman, on some of the originals, l.r.: "Max Taut." inscribed - by an unknown hand, in graphite, on some of the originals, verso, in various locations: "Taut" and/or "not published" signed - on DR1988:0021:006:002, by the author, in black ball-point pen, on the reprographic copy, b.: "Max Taut" imprinted - on DR1988:0021:001, by the draughtsman, on the original, c.: "DAS DREHBAH[H is crossed out]RE HAUS IN DEN SAND DÜNEN ..." imprinted - on DR1988:0021:002, by the draughtsman, on the original, u.c.: "DAS DREHBAH[H is crossed out]RE HAUS"; c.: "DAS HAUS-SOLLTE 1914 / IN DER NÄHE VON CRANZ [?] / IN DEN DÜNEN ..."; and throughout: with titles for plan levels and rooms




    • architecture

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • building
    • fantastic architecture
    • Expressionism

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:


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