Carl Legien Estate

Construction period: 1929-1930

Bruno Taut writes in his Siedlungsmemoiren in 1933 about his work as chief architect at GEHAG and explains why he chose to make the estates so unusual and diverse:

housing estate-boulevard at Erich-Weinert-Straße

“And while Gehag used linear blocks [Zeilenbau] here and there, it also used them at the same time as normal enclosed blocks and often in the same estate. This was only because they felt it was more important that estates make a pleasant overall impression rather than have them be a testing ground for one specific theory. The Frenchman Vardoyer wrote about one of our estates, saying that the buildings were excellent examples of simple modernity and more than anything else tremendous cheeriness. Behind its screen of pines, every street has its own unique face and colour. Buildings like this are certainly no guarantee for happiness, but at least they open the way for it.” Source: AdK Berlin, Archivabt. Baukunst, No. BTS-01-37

courtyard at Sodtkestraße

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This estate is particularly well suited for research because unlike the other Berlin Modernist Housing Estates that Bruno Taut designed, the way in which these urban buildings are positioned in relation to each other and to the street remains unique even to this day.

courtyard at Erich-Weinert-Straße


Bruno Taut

In cooperation with Franz Hillinger, head of the draft office at GEHAG

courtyard at Erich-Weinert-Straße