Heinze-Manke House

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The Heinze-Manke house is a twin house built from 1984 to 1988 by the architect Heinz Bienefeld in Cologne - Rodenkirchen .

Heinze-Manke house, garden side
Heinze-Manke house, Heinz Bienefeld floor plan
Heinze-Manke house, model


Near two other Bienefeld houses, Haus Pahde (1972) and Haus Stupp (1978), the house borders on the garden side on the floodplain of the White Rhine Arch. The slope can be read off at the main entrance to the house on the side. Around 1000 m² of land is divided between the houses of the couple Heinze (692 m²) and Michael Manke (342 m²). The structure and materials of the building cite Cologne's Roman origins .


Heinze-Manke house, street side

The semi-detached house measures 15.44 × 19.40 meters, has around 400 m² of living space and 1,873 m³ of enclosed space. It is built around an atrium of around 50 m² .

Heinze House. Courtyard, first floor

In Haus Heinze, the two-storey long hall and the inner courtyard are “the organizing center”; They connect the dining room and kitchen on the street side with the living room in the garden and on the upper floor the children's rooms with those of the parents.

Heinze House. Atrium

The Heinze house is more introverted, the Manke house, on the other hand, opens through a glass front on the long side.

"On the left is an extremely restless building with an asymmetrical structure and an open, unfinished metal gable construction, while on the right, the exact opposite closes the house ... The association with a temple is not only evoked by the gable field ( tympanum ) ...", says Gert Ressel.

Bienefeld had drawn the steel supports on a 1: 1 scale.

Materials / surfaces

The house is characterized by simple materials. Because of their irregular shapes and colors, the bricks were only recommended for use in civil engineering . Galvanized steel , glass , lime plaster inside, untreated wood are used outside and inside. In Haus Heinze there are also brass , mosaic and marble work .

The thin lime plaster shows the unevenness of the brick walls.


Even during his lifetime, Heinz Bienefeld described architecture critics as a “great architect”, although the architect and his manageable work only achieved great fame after his death in 1995. Since the first posthumously awarded Grand Prize of the Association of German Architects (1996), exhibitions and publications have honored him, up to the Japanese monograph in “a + u” in September 2019.

Bienefeld's reception of Roman antiquity, in which European and Japanese elements were incorporated, was out of date. With enormous effort he devoted himself to the planning of the Heinze-Manke house, which is proven by more than a thousand drawings.


Heinze House. Integration of door lock cylinders. Brass, tin-plated

The statement that Bienefeld is characterized by the design of many details is true: the profile steel girders that support a walkway in the two-storey hall are anchored in the two-storey brick posts of the inner courtyard - their ends are visible in the courtyard. Door locks, the lock cylinders of which are integrated into tubular steel wooden frames, are indicated by tin-plated brass panels that are intricately designed. Light bookshelves made of white painted steel simulate the curves of a spiral staircase and a shower.


  • Paulhans Peters: “Semi-detached house in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. Architect: Heinz Bienefeld, Swisttal-Ollheim. "In:" Baumeister. Architecture magazine. Planning. Environment. ”Volume 85, June 1988, pp. 15–21.
  • "Roof: Heinze / Manke House, 1988. Rodenkirchen-Cologne, West Germany. Heinz Bienefeld. ”In:“ Perspecta. The Yale Architectural Journal. "25, 1989, pp. 218-225.
  • Ulrich Weisner: “New architecture in detail. Heinz Bienefeld. Gottfried Boehm. Karljosef Schattner. “Karl Kerber, Bielefeld 1989, pp. 40 f., 55-57, cover.
  • Irace Fulvio: "Il cantiere della sperimentazione" - In: "Area." 4, 1990, pp. 4-9.
  • Gabriele Tolmein, photos Hajo Willig: “The devil is not always in the details” In: “Houses. Magazine for international living. “3/90, 1990, pp. 38–47, p. 94.
  • “Spiral staircase in a residential building in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. Spiral Staircase in a Home in Cologne-Rodenkirchen ”. In: “Detail. Magazine for architecture + construction details. Review of Architecture. ”Issue 2, 1990, pp. 150–151.
  • Manfred Speidel , Sebastian Legge: “Heinz Bienefeld. Buildings and projects. ”Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 1991, pp. 160–171.
  • Wolfgang Amsoneit: “Contemporary European Architects.” Benedikt Taschen, Cologne 1991, pp. 14, 17 (photos by Achim Bednorz).
  • Architects and Engineers Association Cologne eV from 1875 (ed.): "Cologne - his buildings 1928–1988." Bachem, Cologne 1991, p. 386 f.
  • Wolfgang Pehnt : “The Rhine flows into the Mediterranean. To the houses of Heinz Bienefeld. ”In:“ db (deutsche bauzeitung). Trade journal for architects and civil engineers. ”126, September 1992, pp. 14–19.
  • Gerhard Ullmann: “Reduction to basic forms. Attempts to get closer to Heinz Bienefeld's residential buildings ”. In: “db (German construction newspaper). Trade journal for architects and civil engineers. ”126, September 1992, pp. 32–61.
  • Arno Lederer / Jórunn Ragnarsdóttir : “Living today. Housing today .. Constructive Truth. ”Karl Krämer, Stuttgart / Zurich 1992, pp. 66–71.
  • Christine-Ruth Hansmann: "Stairs in Architecture." Deutsche Verlagsanstalt, Stuttgart 1993, p. 79.
  • Manfred Speidel : "Heinz Bienefeld: The Art of Spaces." In: "The Architect." H. 12, 1995 pp. 727–730.
  • Gerhard Ullmann: “The search for alternatives. Anonymous living typology and solitary houses. ”- In:“ db (deutsche bauzeitung). Trade journal for architects and civil engineers. ”129, December 1995, pp. 60–62, p. 170.
  • Wolfgang Voigt (Ed.): “Heinz Bienefeld 1926–1995.” Wasmuth, Tübingen / Berlin 1999 (“Catalog Book Deutsches Architektur-Museum”), 3rd edition, pp. 122–134, 286–289.
  • Christian Thomas: “Return to the rooms, behind the times. An exhibition in the German Architecture Museum (DAM) allows an excursion into the world of Heinz Bienefeld. ”In:“ Frankfurter Rundschau. ”March 24, 1999.
  • Werner Strodthoff: "The architecture of Heinz Bienefeld (1926–1995)." - In: "Bauwelt." 90 / issue 14, p. 736 f.
  • Ullrich Schwarz (Ed.): “New German Architecture. A reflexive modern. ”Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit 2002, p. 227.
  • “Two German architectures 1949–1989. An exhibition by the Institute for Foreign Relations. "Institute for Foreign Relations, Stuttgart 2004, p. 112.
  • Gert Ressel: “Was Heinz Bienefeld a Greek?” In: “INSITU. Journal for Architectural History. ”2, No. 2, 2010, pp. 259–266.
  • Wolfram Hagspiel / Hans-Georg Esch (photographs): “Villas in the south of Cologne. Rodenkirchen, Sürth, Weiss and Hahnwald. “JP Bachem, Cologne 2012, pp. 112–119; Cover page IV.
  • Peter Meijer: "Heinz Bienefeld." 05-2015. [1]
  • Johannes Fellmann: "Quiet architect of speaking forms." Berlin: Kulturstiftung der Länder 2016. [2]
  • Wilfried Wang (guest editor): “Heinz Bienefeld. Drawing Collection. “Architecture + Urbanism. a + u. 588 September 2019, p. 131-174.


  • The architecture of Heinz Bienefeld. German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt / M. 1999 and other cities
  • New German architecture. A reflexive modernity. Berlin 2002, Martin-Gropius-Bau and international cities. Patronage of Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
  • Two German architectures 1949–1989. Kunsthaus Hamburg 2004 and international cities. Institute for Foreign Relations Stuttgart
  • Heinz Bienefeld. Drawings from the estate. Treasures from the archive of the 6th German Architecture Museum DAM, Frankfurt am Main 2016.

Web links

Commons : Haus Heinze-Manke  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Manfred Speidel: “A house like a city. Heinze-Manke residential building. "In: Wolfgang Voigt (Ed.):" Heinz Bienefeld 1926-1995 ", p. 125.
  2. Gert Ressel: “Was Heinz Bienefeld a Greek?” “INSITU. Journal for Architectural History. ”2, No. 2, 2010, pp. 259–266.
  3. Cf. Norbert Heinze: "Der Bauherr." - In: Wolfgang Voigt (Ed.): "Heinz Bienefeld 1926–1995.", P. 288
  4. Gabriele Tolmein: "Heinz Bienefeld". - In: “Great Architects. People who made building history ”. Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg 1990, 3rd edition, pp. 21–33
  5. ^ Norbert Heinze: "Sketches - Notes on the Four-Year-Long Project for the Heinze-Manke House." In: Wilfried Wang (guest editor): "Heinz Bienefeld. Drawing Collection. “Architecture + Urbanism. a + u. 588 September 2019. p. 168
  6. Cf. Christian Thomas: "Return to the rooms, behind the times." In: "Frankfurter Rundschau." March 24, 1999. Werner Strodthoff: "The architecture of Heinz Bienefeld (1926–1995)." - In: "Bauwelt “90, H. 14, 1999, p. 736 f. http://www.baukunst-nrw.de/objekte/Haus-Heinze-Manke--1205.htm
  7. “Spiral staircase in a residential building in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. Spiral staircase in a home in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. "In:" Detail. Magazine for architecture + construction details. Review of Architecture. ”Issue 2, 1990, pp. 150–151.
  8. a + u 2019: 09 - Heinz Bienefeld - Drawing Collection | Architecture and Urbanism (a + u). Retrieved September 30, 2019 (American English).
  9. TREASURES FROM THE ARCHIVE. 6: Heinz Bienefeld: Drawings and sketches from the Bienefeld estate. Retrieved February 7, 2020 .

Coordinates: 50 ° 52 '53 "  N , 7 ° 1' 16.2"  E