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Wohnstadt Carl Legien

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Bruno Taut, Franz Hilinger
 
location Berlin
function housing, social housing
contributed by piotr_krajewski

The Carl Legien Housing Estate was named after the first chairman of the Allgemeiner Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund [German General Trade Unions Association] founded in 1919.Taut, placed emphasis on a concentrated multi-storey construction and designed a metropolitan settlement with four- to five-storey houses. In exemplary fashion, he used the street grid from the Hobrecht plan to prove the superiority of his new architecture to the traditional urban tenement development, even on its own ground. Taut designed rows of houses, fringes of blocks and garden spaces in a semi-open space arrangement. The individual flats clearly orientate themselves away from the street and towards the back gardens crossing Erich-Weinert-Straße. This is emphasised by the use of colour: the fronts facing the streets are painted a sunny yellow, which optically broadens the narrow streets, while the backyards form colour schemes of their own. From 2008 settlement is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

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Completion 1930
Main designer, Architect, Landscape architect, Urban plannerBruno Taut
ArchitectFranz Hilinger
Client GEHAG Gemeinnützige Heimstätten-Spar- und Bau-AG
 
Project ID 3797
Latitude/Longitude 52°32'48N 13°25'55E
Contributed by piotr_krajewski
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