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Flats at Hansaviertel
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Hansaviertel, Berlin, Germany   map
Date 1955 to 1957   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Apartment block, modestly sculpted form, incorporating an outdoor space for each apartment.






Axonometric Drawing

Plan Drawing

Discussion Flats at Hansaviertel Commentary

Built as part of the Interbau Exhibition rehabilitation program, in which Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe also participated.

"The model apartment building in the Hansaviertel was built on the occasion of the Interbau exhibition in Berlin. This design sought to combine as far as possible the advantages of the private house with its own garden and those of the typical apartment house. Hence, conventional narrow balconies were expanded to become outdoor patios around which the rooms of each apartment were grouped. This 'intimate arrangement' gives the occupants the advantage of a small garden combined with complete privacy."

— Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. p192

The Creator's Words

On bringing to apartment-block living some of the qualities of the private house:

"The conventional small corridor-like balconies were here transformed into patios around which the rooms of the apartments were grouped. This grouping around the open-air room created an intimate, private atmosphere."

— Alvar Aalto, from Malcolm Quantrill. Alvar Aalto: a Critical Study. p144.


The eight-story apartment block was designed and built 1955 to 1957.

Sources on Flats at Hansaviertel

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. p101.

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto, Volume 1. Scarsdale: Wittenborn, 1963. NA1455.F53A22. p168-169. plan of common vestibule, p169.

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1975. NA 1455.F53A239. ISBN 0-275-49660-0. p192.

Malcolm Quantrill. Alvar Aalto: A Critical Study. New York: Schocken Books, 1983. ISBN 0-8052-3845-X. NA1455.F53A237. p144-145.

Roger Sherwood. Modern Housing Prototypes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1978. ISBN 0-674-57941-0. LC 78-15508. NA7126.S48. axonometric drawing, fA, p109.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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