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Hansaviertel, Berlin, Germany, 1957
Photo of 1957 contemporary German residential housing by Alvar Aalto.

Hansaviertel Housing, Berlin, Germany, designed by Alvar Aalto, 1957

Photo ©2008 SEIER+SEIER, CC BY 2.0, flickr.com

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto helped rebuild Hansaviertel. A small locality almost completely destroyed during World War II, Hansaviertel in West Berlin was part of a divided Germany, with competing political systems. East Berlin quickly rebuilt. West Berlin thoughtfully rebuilt.

In 1957, Interbau, an international building exhibition set the agenda for planned housing in West Berlin. Fifty-three architects from all over the world were invited to participate in the rebuilding of Hansaviertel. Today, unlike the quickly constructed residential architecture of East Berlin, the careful works of Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer and others have not fallen out of style.

Many of these apartments offer short-term rentals. See travel sites such as www.live-like-a-german.com/.

For other urban designs, see Albion Riverside, London >>

Read More:

Berlin's Hansaviertel at 50: A postwar future gains a new present by Jan Otakar Fischer, The New York Times, September 24, 2007

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