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Berlin Modernism Housing Estates

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
"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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The estates also provide exceptional examples of new urban and architectural typologies, featuring fresh design solutions, as well as technical and aesthetic innovations.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

List of Housing Estates

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){{#coordinates:52|24|39|N|13|34|00|E|type:landmark
name=Gartenstadt Falkenberg

}} || 1913–1916 || Bruno Taut || Bruno Taut
Heinrich Tessenow || 125px

Siedlung Schillerpark Wedding
52°33′34″N 13°20′56″E / 52.55944°N 13.34889°E / 52.55944; 13.34889 (Siedlung Schillerpark){{#coordinates:52|33|34|N|13|20|56|E|type:landmark
name=Siedlung Schillerpark

}} || 1924–1930 || Bruno Taut || Bruno Taut
Max Taut
Hans Hoffmann (enlargement 1954-1959) || 125px

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){{#coordinates:52|26|54|N|13|27|00|E|type:landmark
name=Hufeisensiedlung

}} || 1925–1930 || Bruno Taut || Bruno Taut
Martin Wagner || 125px

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){{#coordinates:52|32|47|N|13|26|01|E|type:landmark
name=Wohnstadt Carl Legien

}} || 1928–1930 || Bruno Taut || Bruno Taut
Franz Hillinger || 125px

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){{#coordinates:52|34|10|N|13|21|03|E|type:landmark
name=Weiße Stadt

}} || 1929–1931 || Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Martin Wagner (direction) || Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Bruno Ahrends
Wilhelm Büning || 125px

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){{#coordinates:52|32|22|N|13|16|39|E|type:landmark
name=Großsiedlung Siemensstadt

}} || 1929–1934 || Hans Scharoun
Martin Wagner (direction) || Hans Scharoun
Walter Gropius
Otto Bartning
Fred Forbat
Hugo Häring
Paul Rudolf Henning || 125px

See also