Hans Hansen (architect)

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Hans Hansen (16 May 1889, Roetgen – 24 May 1966, Cologne)[1] was a German architect and theorist and one of the correspondents of Bruno Taut's utopian expressionist chain letter, the Glass Chain. Hansen contributed under the pseudonym Antischmitz.[2][3]

Hansen was born in Roetgen. In 1920 he attracted the attention and praise of Bruno Taut after the publication of his book "The Experience of Architecture" (Das Erlebnis der Architektur). Hansen later went on to become one of Germany's leading church architects.[3] He died in Cologne. His great great granddaughter, Dinah Jane Hansen, is in the girl group Fifth Harmony. She has shown support to him on her visit to Denmark on October 22, 2016

Published work[edit]

  • "The Experience of Architecture" (Das Erlebnis der Architektur) 1920
  • "The Building Yard" (Der Bauhof), essay published in "Call to Building", published as part of the "New Objectivity or New Building (lit.)" (Neues Bauen) exhibition in May 1920.



  • Whyte, Iain Boyd, ed. and trans. 'The Crystal Chain Letters' (Cambridge, Mass., and London: MIT Press, 1985), 182.
  • Benson, Timothy. O. (et al.); Dimenberg, Edward (2001-09-17). Expressionist Utopias: Paradise, Metropolis, Architectural Fantasy (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism). University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-23003-5.
  • Canadian Centre for Architecture