Berlin Housing Estates of the 1920s - on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Gartenstadt Falkenberg - Tuschkastensiedlung -
Akazienhof, in 2005
Front door of Gartenstadt-
weg 29, in 2005
Trellis on the wall at Am Falkenberg 118, in 2005
District of Treptow-Köpenick
As the oldest of the six settlements, Bruno Taut's Falkenberg Garden City is still unmistakably related to the Garden City concept developed by Ebenezer Howard in England and the cooperative building society model for settlement and living linked to this concept. The buildings from the first construction phase are arranged around the intimate "Akazienhof"
. In the second construction phase, Taut arranged building types of different proportions in staggered rows and groups.
The most striking characteristic of the settlement is its expressive colourfulness, which articulates the principles of architectural and urban composition and, at the same time, offers a deliberate alternative to the expensive sculptured and ornamental architecture which was common until then.
Building details contrasting in colour, e.g. windows, shutters, cornices, balustrades, patios and wooden balcony balustrades, enhance the effect of the colours of the facades while, at the same time, forming an artistic frame with which to join all of the buildings.
||District of Treptow-Köpenick, subdstrict of Bohnsdorf
not far from the Grünau City Railway station (formerly Berlin-Görlitz railway)
||Akazienhof, Am Falkenberg, Gartenstadtweg
||4.4 ha [10.87 acres]
|Number of Flats
||128, 80 of them single occupancy houses (mostly terraced or semidetached houses) and 48 apartments in six blocks of flats
||1 to 5 rooms [excluding kitchen and bathroom]
||1913 to 1916
||Bruno Taut and Heinrich Tessenow (single occupancy house)
||Gemeinnützige Baugenossenschaft Gartenvorstadt Groß-Berlin GmbH (founded on the initiative of the Deutsche Gartenstadtgesellschaft [German Garden City Society], merged after the war with the Berliner Spar- und Bauverein 1892)
||Inspected for historic preservation and reconstructed from 1992 until 2002; since 2001, extended by further phases of construction formerly not carried out, in accordance with new plans from Quick Bäckmann Quick & Partner
|Owner in 2012
||Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG [building cooperative]
|Owner in 2006
||Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG
|Tenants in 2006
Apartment Building at Gartenstadtweg 29/33, in 2005
Akazienhof 5-7 after reconstruction in 2003