Gartenstadt Falkenberg

Gartenstadt Falkenberg
Berlin, Germany

Gartenstadt Falkenberg is one of the famous garden cities in Berlin with colourful houses made by Bruno Taut. In 2008 it was declared UNESCO World Heritage. 

Garden City Type: Mixed (housing association / municipality / other)
  
Country: Germany
City: Berlin
Address: Akazienhof, Gartenstadtweg, Am Falkenberg
  
Years of construction:
1912 Start construction
1916 Completion
  
Initiator/client: Berliner Spar- und Bauverein (today: Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG)
Architect or related:
Bruno Taut

Taut (1880-1938) was a German architect and urban planner, who was responsible for pioneering colorful workers’ neighborhoods and cities at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Bruno Taut on Wikipedia | More on the exhibition Bruno Taut: Beyond Fantasy at Museum Het Schip (2021).

Heritage status: Yes
Explanation: In July 2008 Gartenstadt Falkenberg was was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of six housing estates of Berlin Modernism.
General condition of Garden City: Good condition

General description

Gartenstadt Falkenberg is one of the famous garden cities in Berlin with colourful houses made by Bruno Taut. It lies in the Treptow-Köpenick district in the south-east of Berlin and is one of Taut's eariest designs.

Taut was commissioned by the Berliner Spar- und Bauverein (today: Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG)in 1912 to design a 75 hectare site. Initially around 1.500 homes were planned, but because of the war and limited finances only 128 dwellings in 21 buildings were realised in two construction phases.

Architecture / Urban planning

The garden city movement heavily influenced the design of Gartenstadt Falkenberg, but without the aim of economic self-sufficiency.

The example of English terraced houses was followed here, in combination with detached and semi-detached houses. Taut's remarkable use of bright colours as decoration earned Falkenberg the nickname Tuschkastensiedlung (paint box estate).It gave the seperate houses an individuality.

What was also remarkable for that time was the decision to hire renowned landscape architect Ludwig Lesser to design the estate’s gardens and public spaces. Each of the apartments had a garden, in size varying between 135 and 600 square metres.


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