Hansaviertel Walking Tour
August 30 @ 10:00 - 13:00
Did you know that behind the S-Bahn Tiergarten is a treasure trove of post-war modern architecture? On its way to become a UNESCO Heritage site, the Hansaviertel (between Moabit and Tiergarten) was completely destroyed in the war, and rebuilt in an ambitious architectural project in the 1950s. Join us for a walking tour of wonderful quartier in the middle of West Berlin.
In the summer of 1957, the largest exhibition event held in 1950s Germany took place with the International Architectural Exhibition Interbau in West Berlin. The architectural exhibition was a show of superlatives. At its center stood the reconstruction of a whole district. Never before had there been an architectural exhibition on such a grand scale. On an area of 25 hectares in the extensively war-damaged Hansaviertel, around 1,300 residential units, a library, two churches, a pre-school, an elementary school and a shopping mall were built, designed by more than 50 prominent architects from 14 countries, some working jointly. This urban landscape consisted of a loose ensemble of buildings set amidst generously-sized green spaces planned by ten national and international landscape architects.
The tour start at the Berlin Pavillon (currently used by Burger King, Straße des 17. Juni, No. 100) at the S-Bahn station Tiergarten and ends at the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste, S-Bahnhof Bellevue). We could have lunch together afterwards. We will not be going inside the apartments and buildings, but you could see videos here: https://hansaviertel.berlin/en/interbau-1957-live/interaktiver-plan/
The tour costs 75 Euro for up to 15 people (or 5 Euro per person if more than 15).
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