excursion to
Fehling and Gogel part one
megastructures part one
Neue Sachlichkeit part two

Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, the Autobahnüberbauung Schlangenbader Straße of Heinrichs, the Reichsknappschaftshaus of Taut and experimental housing of the Luckhardt brothers on Wednesday, May, 25th, 11 pm.

Because the number of participants is restricted to 15, we kindly ask for an immediate response.

The second part of the Fehling and Gogel tour is to the Institut für Hygiene und medizinische Mikrobiologie der FU Berlin.
The second part of megastructures will go to the Internationales Congress Centrum. The date will be announced soon.

The tour costs 10 euros each, reduced prize is 5 euros.


meeting point is on the lawn of the Heidelberger Platz, south-west of U-Bahnhof Heidelberger Platz (ring S41, S42, S46, U3 and bus 249). We'll have a 10 minutes walk to the housing over the motorway and will follow the more than 600 metres long building and will hopefully have the chance to enter several apartments, terraces and areas. From there it's a 5 minutes walk to the Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung. We will have access to the Max-Planck-Institut between 2 and 3 pm. After that, we will be able to see several great early modern architectures in 10 minutes walking distance around the Breitenbachplatz, from where it's easy to leave afterwards as well (U3, bus 282).

The tour will end in a place with drinks and food and discussions.

Megastructures part one:

Autobahnüberbauung Schlangenbader Straße


The Autobahnüberbauung is the only mega-project of a building built over the Autobahn (motorway) of many that had been planned.
It was a singular pilot project and as such got special financing. It's still the biggest one-building housing megastructure in Europe. Inside the 600 metres long building there is a double tunnel for the motorway, structurally seperated with Neopren as foundation.
There is a connecting deck with public terrasses. The building has a maximum of 15 floors, 46m height, segmented into parts 60 on 60 metres, a staircase each, several parts are terrassed. It offers around 120 different types of housing. In total there are 1064 living units for about 4000 inhabitants in the house. The whole complex offers around 2200 apartments for nearly 8000 inhabitants.
The idea to build housing on top of a motorway is widespread and by many prominent names like Le Corbusier, Kenzo Tange, MVRDV, the Smithsons, Melnikov, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph (Lower Manhattan Expressway project), the Schlangenbader still is the only project of its kind that has actually been realized worldwide. The planing started in 1970, it was opened in 1982.
The architect is Georg Heinrichs with Gerhard and Klaus Krebs.
A drive-through you'll find here.
Another one here.
More information here.


Fehling and Gogel part one:

Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung


Max Planck Institute for Human Development.
The building is the first of several Fehling and Gogel built for the Max-Planck-Institut, in Munich as well. The budget was tight and it is very surprising which rich spaces they were able to create.
The house is organised around a central main stairwell built as a lanscape and used for gatherings like concerts as well. From there several corridors spread that go around multi-level patios.
See more about it >>> here and here.
and website of the institute.
Lentzallee 94, planing since 1965, construction 1972-74

Fehling and Gogel Both were students and followers of Hans Scharoun, whom built the Philharmonie and the state library.
Fehling was born in 1909 in France, came to Berlin in 1927, the year Gogel was born in Berlin. Fehling studied in Hamburg after growing up in the north. Gogel studied first ship construction than under Max Taut and Georg Neidenberger at the Hochschule für bildende Künste. They developed an own language that seems to combine the organic approach of Hugo Häring and Hans Scharoun and Le Corbusiers formal brutalism as found in the Carpenter Center, but both said they were much more influenced by the brother Luckhardt and Paul Baumgarten. Other buildings of them in Berlin are social housing between Hallesches Tor and the Hebbel theatre and the Pavillion of the Hansaviertelamong many others.

further information on Fehling and Gogel >>> here.


Next to the institute we'll find "Bessy", the electron storage ring facility, built in 1978-1981 by Gerd Hänska, whom also built the (in)famous so called "Mäusebunker" next to the Institute of Hygenics of Fehling and Gogel, both we'll visit on the second tour.


Neue Sachlichkeit part two:

Reichsknappschaftshaus

The house of the insurance association of mine workers, planned by Max Taut and Franz Hoffmann, Breitenbachplatz 2, 1929-30.
It's one of the first steel frame buildings in Berlin, clad with ceramics Today it is the Latin American Institute of the FU.
Max Taut is the less famous but probably more interesting Taut beside his broher Bruno. He as well comes from an expressionist background, but than got one of the masters of the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity or New Sobriety) and developed a clear metropolitan language, as his brother developed the Gartenstadt idea. After the war he was the re-founder of the Hochschule für bildende Künste, that now is the university of arts, UDK.

Versuchssiedlung Schorlemerallee


experimental housing project of Wassili and Hans Luckhardt with Alfons Anker, built 1925-28, Schorlemerallee 7-23
The siedlung is one of the most meaningful examples of the Neues Bauen, the modern movement, in Berlin.
Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou, the big names of early cinema, directors and writers of Metropolis, Woman in the Moon, Nibelungen, lived here, as well as the architects themselves.


More on the other tours.

The Tour is a cooperation of Büro Schwimmer and architectureinberlin





Autobahnüberbauung Schlangenbader Straße






Max-Planck-Institut






Reichsknappschaftshaus




Versuchssiedlung Schorlemmerallee

all photos: Sven Eggers