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In the 1920s, Berlin was one of the most exciting cities in the world. The city, considered to be liberal and cosmopolitan, was a centre of modern art, culture and industry. But it was also bursting at the seams. In order to alleviate the enormous housing shortage, new housing estates were built on a grand scale thanks to clever politics. In 2008, six particularly outstanding ensembles were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


In 1928, construction began on the Carl Legien Housing Estate in north-east Berlin, situated just outside the S-Bahn commuter train ring and not far from Alexanderplatz. But the stiff price of this central property and the ensuing global economic crisis forced the city to save money. Reacting to the cost pressures, Bruno Taut dispensed with tenants' gardens, stuck to smaller floor plans, added one to two floors to the complex and grouped the appartment blocks around green courtyards. Despite the high density of residents, the result is surprisingly colourful, bright, modern and spacious.
Additional information
15 € / per person (red. 10 €), registration requested (minimum number of participants: 10 people, cancellation due to not reached minimum number of participants or bad weather reserved).

Start: S-Bahn station "Prenzlauer Allee" (Circle line S41/S42, Tram M2), vor dem Bahnhofseingang

Accessibility

There are curbs and inclines on the tour. These can be overcome by wheelchair users with appropriate assistance.
Participating artists
Bruno Taut
Franz Hillinger
Dates
April 2024
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