Erwin Broner

Erwin Broner’s exile in Ibiza.


Mediterranean vernacular architecture in the modern travel itineraries

L’architettura vernacolare mediterranea negli itinerari di viaggio moderni

Seminar opening — Pierfranco Galliani, Politecnico di Milano Introduction — Stamatina Kousidi, Politecnico di Milano

Panayotis Tournikiotis: National Technical University of Athens; Rhodakis’ and other houses on the island of Aegina: Greek origins for European modernity

Ornella Selvafolta: Politecnico di Milano; Luigi Figini e l’architettura mediterranea: matrici antiche della modernità

Eduard Kögel: Erwin Broner’s exile in Ibiza. The transformation from vernacular to avant-garde

Erwin Broner Ibiza

Kögel, Eduard (2019). Erwin Broner’s Exile in Ibiza. The Transformation from Vernacular to Avant-garde in Architecture. In: Burcu Dogramaci/Kerstin Pinther (Eds.), Design Dispersed (212-231). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.


Eduard Kögel: Erwin Broner’s Exile in Ibiza.

The Transformation from Vernacular to Avant-garde in Architecture

The German architect and artist Erwin Broner had to flee from the National Socialists and came to Ibiza for the first time at the end of 1933. Like other refugees, such as the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann or the writer Walter Benjamin, he studied the traditional architecture of the island. In the 1940s Broner and his second wife, Bauhaus graduate Bella Ullmann, worked in the Hollywood film industry. At the end of the 1950s he returned to Ibiza with his third wife and designed his own house there, which is of particular importance for the discourse on Ibiza’s architectural culture. Later he built houses and studio buildings in the countryside and on the outskirts of the city, or renovated existing buildings in the old town. His approach starts from the existing situation and changes it with simple means so that the result appears completely natural.  As an artist, he was a member of Grupo 59 and a driving force for contemporary expression in all areas of cultural development.

EK–Erwin Broner

Erwin Broner Ibiza

Eduard Kögel: Der Künstler und Architekt Erwin Broner auf Ibiza, in Modulør No.4/2017, s. 66–72.

Erwin Broner, der bis zu seiner Naturalisierung in den USA 1944 Erwin Heilbronner hieß, floh im März 1933 aus Deutschland in die Schweiz und kam im Herbst desselben Jahres nach Ibiza. Die Machübernahme der Faschisten in Spanien trieb ihn 1938 weiter nach Los Angeles, wo er in der Filmindustrie in Hollywood mitwirkte. Nach dem Krieg arbeitete er in New York, Paris, London und Los Angeles, bevor er sich als Erwin Broner 1959 erneut in Ibiza ansiedelte. Dort hinterließ er als Künstler und Architekt einen bleiben Eindruck, da er in den sechziger Jahren wegweisende Bauten entwarf, die bis heute Vorbildcharakter haben.