Berlin Modernism Housing Estates

Berlin Modernism Housing Estates (German: Siedlungen der Berliner Moderne) is a World Heritage Site designated in 2008, comprising six separate subsidized housing estates in Berlin. Dating mainly from the years of the Weimar Republic (1919–1933), when the city of Berlin was particularly progressive socially, politically and culturally, they are outstanding examples of the building reform movement that contributed to improving housing and living conditions for people with low incomes through innovative approaches to architecture and urban planning.[1] The estates also provide exceptional examples of new urban and architectural typologies, featuring fresh design solutions, as well as technical and aesthetic innovations.[1]

Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationBerlin, Germany
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iv)
Inscription2008 (32nd Session)
Area88.1 ha (218 acres)
Buffer zone258.5 ha (639 acres)
Coordinates52°26′54″N 13°27′0″E

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.[1]

List of Housing Estates

Estate Location Dates Planner Architect Image
Gartenstadt Falkenberg
Tuschkastensiedlung ("Paintbox Estate")
52°24′39″N 13°34′00″E
1913–1916Bruno TautBruno Taut
Heinrich Tessenow
Siedlung SchillerparkWedding
52°33′34″N 13°20′56″E
1924–1930Bruno TautBruno Taut
Max Taut
Hans Hoffmann (enlargement 1954-1959)
Großsiedlung Britz
Hufeisensiedlung ("Horseshoe Estate")
52°26′54″N 13°27′00″E
1925–1930Bruno TautBruno Taut
Martin Wagner
Wohnstadt Carl LegienPrenzlauer Berg
52°32′47″N 13°26′01″E
1928–1930Bruno TautBruno Taut
Franz Hillinger
Weiße Stadt (White City)Reinickendorf
52°34′10″N 13°21′03″E
1929–1931Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Martin Wagner (direction)
Otto Rudolf Salvisberg
Bruno Ahrends
Wilhelm Büning
Großsiedlung Siemensstadt
52°32′22″N 13°16′39″E
1929–1934Hans Scharoun
Martin Wagner (direction)
Hans Scharoun
Walter Gropius
Otto Bartning
Fred Forbat
Hugo Häring
Paul Rudolf Henning

See also

Further reading

  • Hasple, Jörg; Jaeggi, Annemarie (eds.) (2007) Housing Estates in the Berlin Modern Style (2nd ed.). Berlin/Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag. ISBN 978-3422021006
  • Landesdenkmalamt (ed.) (2009) Berlin Modernism Housing Estates (English and German edition). Salenstein, Switzerland: Braun Publishing. ISBN 978-3037680001


  1. "Berlin Modernism Housing Estates". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
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