Berlin Modernism Housing Estates

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Berlin GS Siemensstadt Panzerkreuzer.jpg
"Panzerkreuzer" Estate, designed by Hans Scharoun

Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 1239
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2008 (32nd Session)

Berlin Modernism Housing Estates (German: Siedlungen der Berliner Moderne) consists of six subsidized housing estates (Siedlungen) that testify to innovative housing policies from 1910 to 1933, especially during the Weimar Republic, when the city of Berlin was particularly progressive socially, politically and culturally. The properties are outstanding examples of the building reform movement that contributed to improving housing and living conditions for people with low incomes through novel approaches to town planning, architecture and garden design. The estates also provide exceptional examples of new urban and architectural typologies, featuring fresh design solutions, as well as technical and aesthetic innovations.

Bruno Taut, Martin Wagner and Walter Gropius were among the leading architects of these projects which exercised considerable influence on the development of housing around the world.

List of Housing Estates[edit]

Settlement Location Dates Planner Architect Image
Gartenstadt Falkenberg
Tuschkastensiedlung ("Paintbox Estate")
Bohnsdorf
52°24′39″N 13°34′00″E / 52.41083°N 13.56667°E / 52.41083; 13.56667 (Gartenstadt Falkenberg)
1913–1916 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Heinrich Tessenow
Tuschkastensiedlung-029.jpg
Siedlung Schillerpark Wedding
52°33′34″N 13°20′56″E / 52.55944°N 13.34889°E / 52.55944; 13.34889 (Siedlung Schillerpark)
1924–1930 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Max Taut
Hans Hoffmann (enlargement 1954-1959)
20080715 14995 DSC01769 Siedlung Schillerpark Bristolstraße 5 bis 1.JPG
Großsiedlung Britz
Hufeisensiedlung ("Horseshoe Estate")
Britz
52°26′54″N 13°27′00″E / 52.44833°N 13.45000°E / 52.44833; 13.45000 (Hufeisensiedlung)
1925–1930 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Martin Wagner
Hufeisensiedlung.jpg
Wohnstadt Carl Legien Prenzlauer Berg
52°32′47″N 13°26′01″E / 52.54639°N 13.43361°E / 52.54639; 13.43361 (Wohnstadt Carl Legien)
1928–1930 Bruno Taut Bruno Taut
Franz Hillinger
Berlin C Legien Trachtenbrodtstr 20.jpg
Weiße Stadt (White City) Reinickendorf
52°34′10″N 13°21′03″E / 52.56944°N 13.35083°E / 52.56944; 13.35083 (Weiße Stadt)
1929–1931 Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Martin Wagner (direction)
Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Bruno Ahrends
Wilhelm Büning
Weisse Stadt Aroser 121.jpg
Großsiedlung Siemensstadt
Ringsiedlung
Charlottenburg-Nord
52°32′22″N 13°16′39″E / 52.53944°N 13.27750°E / 52.53944; 13.27750 (Großsiedlung Siemensstadt)
1929–1934 Hans Scharoun
Martin Wagner (direction)
Hans Scharoun
Walter Gropius
Otto Bartning
Fred Forbat
Hugo Häring
Paul Rudolf Henning
Berlin GS Siemensstadt Panzerkreuzer.jpg

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