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Berlin Housing Estates of the 1920s - on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Großsiedlung Siemensstadt - Ringsiedlung -

Balcony balustrades in 2000,modernised in 1986, in the part of the settlement designed by H. Scharoun
Balcony balustrades in 2000, modernised in 1986, in the part of the settlement designed by H. Scharoun
Location: Großsiedlung Siemensstadt
Districts of Charlotten-
burg-Wilmersdorf and Spandau

Location on the city map
Siemensstadt Metropolitan Settlement antedates the modern concept of a relaxed city atmosphere in green surroundings even more strongly than White City, which was built at the same time, thereby pointing the way to domestic construction after World War II.

The project was given the byname of "Ring Settlement" because, with the exception of Paul R. Henning and Fred Forbat, all of the planners involved (including City Building Councillor Martin Wagner) were members of the architect's association called "The Ring".

Scharoun arranged the rows of houses strictly in a north-south direction. The population of old trees was conserved, emphasising the countryside character of the settlement right from the beginning.

Despite its strict urban design, the settlement appears architecturally diversified. It demonstrates the whole range of new architecture, ranging from Walter Gropius' cool functionalism to Scharoun's strictly differentiating style of design to Hugo Häring's organic variety of designs.

Settlement details
Location Districts of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Spandau, subdistrict of Siemensstadt
Siemensdamm subway station
Streets Geißlerpfad, Goebelstraße, Heckerdamm, Jungfernheideweg, Mäckeritzstraße
Total Area 19.3 ha [47.69 acres]
Number of Flats 1,370
Flat Sizes 1 to 3 ½ rooms (90 per cent thereof with up to 2 ½ rooms) [excluding kitchen and bathroom]
Constructed 1929 to 1934
General Management Martin Wagner
Urban Design Hans Scharoun
Architects Hans Scharoun, Walter Gropius, Otto Bartning, Fred Forbat, Hugo Häring, Paul R. Henning
Consulting Technician Max Mengeringshausen
Landscape Architect Leberecht Migge
Building Owner Gemeinnützige Heimstättengesellschaft Primus mbH der Stadt Berlin
Reconstruction Since 1982, modernisation programme with emphasis on preserving the architecture
Owner in 2012 Deutsche Wohnen AG, GSW Immobilien GmbH
Owner in 2006 Gemeinnützige Heimstätten-Aktiengesellschaft (GEHAG) GmbH (seit 2005 im Besitz der Oaktree Capital Management)
Tenants in 2006 2,800

Großsiedlung Siemensstadt - Aerial photo
Aerial photo

End block 1955/56 designed by H. Scharoun, colours restored in 2000 according to findings, in 2005
End block 1955/56 designed by H. Scharoun, colours restored in 2000 according to findings, in 2005

Entrance to settlement on Jungfernheideweg, in 2005
Entrance to settlement on Jungfernheideweg, in 2005

Großsiedlung Siemensstadt - Monument map