Richard Neutra Villas, 2007 – 2012

Neutra Villa Aussen


Rooms 20
Wall and ceiling space 1.680 m²
Man hours 20.000 h
Workforce 6

The job

Extensive restoration and reconstruction of the villas located at Onkel-Tom-Straße 89 and 91 (Berlin) to their condition at the time of original construction (1923, 1924), interior as well as exterior.

Neutra Villa Wohnzommer

Time frame

1. Onkel-Tom-Str. 91

  • 2007-2008: Exploration/examination (exterior and interior)
  • 2008: Implementation
  • 2010: Following water damage, again extensive restoration measures

2. Onkel-Tom-Str. 89

  • 2009: Exploration/examination (exterior and interior)
  • 2011-2012: Implementation
Neutra Villa Wohnzimmer Fenster
Neutra Villa 1. OG
Neutra Villa Fensterblick
Neutra Villa Pferdchen
Neutra Villa Restauratoren
Neutra Villa Wohnzommer

History of construction and usage

The villas at Onkel-Tom-Straße 89 and 91 in the Zehlendorf district of Berlin are two of four villas of almost identical construction. The modern single-family villas were conceived in 1922/1923 by famous architects Erich Mendelsohn and Richard Neutra, and built by contractor Adolf Sommerfeld. They were placed under monuments preservation order in 1985. Since then, three of the four villas were renovated and modernized, but without the involvement of expert conservators.

Villa #1

In 2007 the villa at Onkel-Tom-Straße 91 was bought by the Winterhager / Roenpage family. The new owners decided to dismantle the 1985 modernizations and on restoration compliant with monuments-preservation specifications. It was their aim to recreate the design at the original time of construction (1923). Along with Buch & Schudrowitz, the art historian Susanne Schöß was charged with technical planning and oversight.

Villa #2

After standing empty for a number of years, the villa Onkel-Tom-Straße 89 most likely saw initial occupancy in 1926. With only brief interruptions after 1945, the mother of the current owner has lived her entire life in the building. After she deceased, her daughter inherited the building. Upon viewing the results of the restoration efforts in the neighboring villa (#91), she decided to newly plan the renovation, which had been suspended in 2006. For this she commissioned the experienced Buch & Schudrowitz team.

Neutra Villa Treppe unten
Neutra Villa Flur oben
Neutra Villa Treppenhaus
Neutra Villa Stillleben

Services catalog

  • surface color exploration/examination
  • finish/render and pigment analysis
  • restoration concept
  • conservation, restoration and reconstruction of almost all interior construction units (except basement), ceilings, walls, floors, baseboards, handrails, doors, door handles, switches, fittings
  • reconstruction of corrugated façade finish
  • exposure of historical artificial stone elements and metal parts of the façade (#89)
Neutra Villa Schlafzimmer
Neutra Villa Schlafzimmer Fenster
Neutra Villa Ausblick


Buch & Schudrowitz GbR

Zellestrasse 2A

10247 Berlin, Germany