Book 2: Life in plastic buildings

In 2004 our first book about plastic buildings was published. We then moved out to find out how these houses are constructed and combined everything in one book: “Plastic buildings. Part 1: The Pioneers. A book for architects and engineers.

But we were not only fascinated by the houses, but even more by the people who had built and designed them, who worked, lived and grew up in them. On the one hand, they were ordinary people who, like others, founded a family, gave birth to children, and worked. Who preferred a house with a garden and not the communal life. Who appreciated and honored their parents and yet wanted to try a different life. And on the other hand, they were very unusual people, obsessed with an idea of new building, with the idea of changing the world through prefabricated buildings, using new materials.

But all their thoughts were always driven by the idea of creating something extremely pleasant, something wonderfully simple and yet wonderfully habitable, for mankind. They wanted to prove that this was possible. And so they all lived in their imagined UFOs. These formations seemed to want to tell the world through their exterior: a different life takes place here. And indeed, inside everything was rearranged, open and generous enough to combine family and work, living and working not only in the mind.

In our book Part 1 there was no place to tell something about these people and their life in these buildings. So four years later we set off again to ask the two most important questions from our point of view:

What dream did they have in mind for their houses, and how was this dream fulfilled?

We collected the stories and went looking for a publisher, unfortunately in vain. In the meantime, ten years have passed. Some personal contacts remained, a story was added and dear people died. But her mind lives on in her story. Now, at last, everyone is awakened from the sleep of the thornbolt. As has been the case with the buildings over the last ten years, it is intended to be supplemented.

We chose what we want to present in this book for two reasons. On the one hand we were thrilled by the extravagance of the buildings and on the other hand we had a mostly very personal contact to their inhabitants and users, so that from the multitude of stories we could draw a sketchy and yet vivid picture of life in such a UFO.

Elke Genzel, Pamela Voigt

24 x 23 cm, ap. 176 pages, coloured


sphere publishers, 2021