The Hochhaus – ‘high-rise building’ in English – featured in these photographs was built at the very end of the 1960s, on the outskirts of Itzehoe, a town with just over 30,000 inhabitants in northern Germany. Those were optimistic times and the Hochhaus was hailed as an example for future living. The idea did not catch on, as the town never experienced a population boom and the majority of Itzehoer prefer to live in more traditional houses. Today, most of the small flats in the Hochhaus belong to older people and some are available for short-term lets. That’s how I came to stay there. In high-rise flats, many people live together in the smallest of places, and communal and privates spaces touch each other directly. I was interested in capturing the contrast between the faded modernist style of the Hochhaus’ staircases and hallways and the cheery décor of the studio I was staying in.