When you walk through some of the older streets of Stuttgart, in Stuttgart-West for example, you might have noticed that the buildings don’t touch each other. So why is there a gap?
These buildings date back to the late 19th century and a period called “Gründerzeit”. In these days a law existed that said there must be a 2,9 meter long gap, the “Bauwich”, between houses. In the event of a fire it should reduce the risk of the fire spreading from one building to the next. Nowadays these gaps are the entrance to the backyard of the Gründerzeit-buildings.