Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen

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Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen
NDR-Funkhaus broadcast station Rudolf-von-Bennigsen-Ufer Suedstadt Hannover Germany 01.jpg
Exterior of the broadcaster's hall Großer Sendesaal, with the antenna tower in the background
Former namesFunkhaus Hannoer
General information
Inaugurated20 January 1951 (1951-01-20)
OwnerNorddeutscher Rundfunk
Design and construction

Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony state broadcast station) is a group of buildings of the public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hanover, the state capital of Lower Saxony.

The broadcaster is based in Hamburg, but has facilities in the capitals of other states that it serves. The Funkhaus is located on the Maschsee at the Rudolf-von-Bennigsen-Ufer [de]. When it was built from 1949 to 1952, it was known as the Funkhaus Hannover (Broadcast station Hannover). It includes two halls for public concerts, Großer Sendesaal (1963) and Kleiner Sendesaal, also administrative buildings and an antenna tower.[1]


The history of broadcasting in Hanover dates back to 1924 when the first radio programs were aired from a factory building of the engineering firm Hanomag.[1] After World War II that building was in the British zone. A new office (Rundfunkbüro) was opened in the Anzeiger-Hochhaus [de] in 1945, and first concerts were aired from buildings of the Pädagogische Hochschule (School of education).[2] Regular broadcasting, now by the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR) began in 1948, including symphony concerts and the series Funkbilder aus Niedersachsen (radio images from Lower Saxony), which began with the second Export-Messe.[2]

Plans for a new Funkhaus began end of 1948. Rudolf Hillebrecht, responsible for municipal building, voted for the location, to set an example for buildings along the lake. After a competition, designs by Friedrich Wilhelm Kraemer [de], Gerd Lichtenhahn and Dieter Oesterlen were combined.[1] The first buildings were completed in 1950, and inaugurated on 20 January 1951.[2] Due to the advanced technical equipment of the complex, it was immediately called the most modern Funkhaus in Europe.[3] In 1955 the NWDR was split in the NDR in Hamburg and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne. A redaction team of the NDR was installed in the Funkhaus in 1958.[2]

Oesterlen designed the concert hall Großer Sendesaal which was built from 1960 to 1963.[1] From 1 January 1981, the complex was called Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen.[2] In 1989 it became a registered monument of the Denkmalschutz.[3]


  • Waldemar R. Röhrbein (ed.): 60 Jahre Rundfunk in Hannover. 1924-1984, catalogue of the Historisches Museum Hannover, 1984; Contents
  • Wolfram Köhler (ed.): Das Funkhaus Hannover. Beiträge zur Geschichte des Rundfunks in Niedersachsen, berücksichtigt auch Musiksendungen und Musikpflege des Senders und enthält ein Kapitel vom Rundfunkorchester, Hannover: Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft, 1987, ISBN 3-87706-227-X; Contents
  • Hans-Ulrich Wagner: Hamburgs "Kleines Haus": Das Funkhaus Hannover, in Peter von Rüden (ed.): Die Geschichte des Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks, vol. 1, 1st edition, Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, 2005, ISBN 978-3-455-09530-2 und ISBN 3-455-09530-5


  1. ^ a b c d Knocke, Helmut; Thielen, Hugo (2007). Böttcher, Dirk; Mlynek, Klaus (eds.). Rud.-v.-Bennigsen-Ufer 22. Hannover. Kunst- und Kultur-Lexikon [de] (in German) (4 ed.). Springe: zu Klampen Verlag [de]. p. 191. ISBN 978-3-934920-53-8.
  2. ^ a b c d e Thielen, Hugo. Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Stadtlexikon Hannover [de] (in German). pp. 488ff.
  3. ^ a b "NDR-Funkhaus". Markante-Bauwerke-unter-Denkmalschutz (in German). Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. Archived from the original on 2016-07-25. Retrieved 25 July 2016.

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