Berlin Modernist Settlements

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Location of the Berlin Modernism settlements in Berlin

Berlin Modernism Housing Estates is a collective term for six in July 2008 by the UNESCO in the World Heritage List received housing estates in various districts and the former suburbs of Berlin . These were designed and built between 1913 and 1934 by architects of classical modernism in the New Building style. The settlements in today's districts of Bohnsdorf , Britz , Charlottenburg-Nord , Prenzlauer Berg , Reinickendorf and Wedding set the tone for social housing in the period after the First World War, which was characterized by housing shortages . With their clear and new forms as well as the social demands, the settlements became decisive for the architecture and urban planning of the 20th century.

Bruno Taut and Martin Wagner were primarily responsible for planning the settlements, but other architects such as Hans Scharoun and Walter Gropius also took part in the projects. The oldest of the Berlin Modernist settlements is the Falkenberg garden city designed by Taut. The White City , built in the New Objectivity style, and the Siemensstadt housing estate were not completed until the early 1930s .

List of housing developments

settlement District construction time draft Architects image
Falkenberg Garden City
( Treptow-Köpenick )
1913-1916 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Heinrich Tessenow
Bohnsdorf Gartenstadtweg Tuschkastensiedlung-008.JPG
Schillerpark settlement Wedding
( middle )
1924-1930 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Max Taut (reconstruction)
Hans Hoffmann (expansion)
20080715 14995 DSC01769 Schillerpark settlement Bristolstrasse 5 to 1.JPG
Großsiedlung Britz
(Horseshoe Estate)
( Neukölln )
1925-1930 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Martin Wagner
Horseshoe settlement.jpg
Carl Legien's residential town Prenzlauer Berg
( Pankow )
1928-1930 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Franz Hillinger
Berlin C Legien Trachtenbrodtstr 20.jpg
White city Reinickendorf
( Reinickendorf )
1929-1931 Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Martin Wagner (overall management)
Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Bruno Ahrends
Wilhelm Büning
20080716 14995 DSC02001 White City Aroser Allee.JPG
housing estate (ring settlement)
( Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf )
1929-1934 Hans Scharoun
Martin Wagner (overall management)
Hans Scharoun
Walter Gropius
Otto Bartning
Fred Forbat
Hugo Häring
Paul Rudolf Henning
Berlin GS Siemensstadt Haering.jpg


  • Jörg Haspel, Annemarie Jaeggi: Settlements of Berlin Modernism . Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-422-02091-7 .
  • Landesdenkmalamt Berlin on behalf of the Senate Department for Urban Development Berlin (ed.), Winfried Brenne (project leader): Siedlungen der Berliner Moderne. Nomination for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List . Braun Verlagshaus, Berlin 2007, ISBN 3-938780-20-7 .

Web links

Commons : Settlements of Berlin Modernism  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Spiegel Online : Settlements of Berlin Modernism are World Heritage Sites from July 7, 2008 and press release from the German Commission for UNESCO