The Hansaviertel and the IBA 1957
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In compliance with the principles of modern urban development, the prior to WWII densely built-up Hansaviertel was reconstructed in the course of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) in 1957. Here, urban planners and architects initially put the structured and low-density city to an exemplary test.
The intitiators of IBA also thought of their project as a manifestation of the »undaunted will to expand West Berlin« and the efficiency of Western construction industry. Balancing, almost opposing the housing areas of the East Berlin Stalin-Allee (today Karl-Marx-Allee) – monumental and classical in style – was yet another deliberate aim of the project.
Exemplary for the style of post war modernism, the single-family homes, high-rise slab and point blocks – created by 53 architects from 13 countries – make the Hansaviertel a popular residential area until today. Its central location near the »City-West«, easy access to public transport, numerous green areas and the unconventional layouts of the apartments are responsible for the area’s still high residential amenity.
Straße des 17. Juni 100, 10557 Berlin - in front of the Burger-King-Restaurant
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