Depreciation settlement Bremen

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Housing complex AfA-Siedlung (view along Bismarckstrasse, 2014)

The AfA settlement , a residential complex in Bremen - Ostliche Vorstadt , is one of the most important buildings in Bremen and is a listed building .

History and buildings

The AfA settlement , Bismarckstrasse 108–126, Manteuffelstrasse 11–39 and Sankt-Jürgen-Strasse 154–158, was built as a housing estate with 230 apartments from 1929 to 1930 based on plans by the architects Willy Berg and Max Paasche. The client was the AfA-Wohnbaugesellschaft Bremen , which was founded for this purpose by the General Free Employees' Union (AfA), which worked together with the Deutsche Wohnungsfürsorge AG (DEWOG) in Berlin.

The cubic, three- and four-storey houses with their clinker brick facades, the flat roofs, the surrounding round balconies or the loggias and the three-part windows shape the architectural style of the modern age of the 1920s, according to the motto of that time: "Light, air and sun". The arrangement of the rows of houses, which is partially perpendicular to the street, is a first example of this type of construction in Bremen compared to the traditional street-side construction. Central heating or laundry rooms with washing machines provide additional comfort for workers and employees. Modern architecture arouses criticism and protests from the traditionalists: These “non-stylistic” buildings with their “strange flat roofs” disturb the “quiet, elegant character of the residential area”.

Monument protection

The formative round balconies threatened by collapse were to be demolished in 1980. As a result, the facility was placed under monument protection as a Bremen cultural monument in 1980 and the renovated balconies were preserved.

Picture gallery


  • W. Hensel and Erich Junck: About the importance and the success of fully electric settlements . Pp. 612, 621-622. In: The building guild . No. 15 from 1933.
  • Chamber of Architects Bremen, BDA Bremen and Senator for Environmental Protection and Urban Development (ed.): Architecture in Bremen and Bremerhaven , example 48. Worpsweder Verlag, Bremen 1988, ISBN 3-922516-56-4 .

Web links

Commons : AfA-Siedlung Bremen  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rolf Kirsch: Residential buildings between the world wars in Bremen . In: Denkmalpflege in Bremen , issue 10, p. 16, Edition Temmen, Bremen 2013.
  2. Monument database of the LfD Bremen

Coordinates: 53 ° 4 ′ 38.9 ″  N , 8 ° 50 ′ 8.2 ″  E