• Hufeisensiedlung: Strong colours dominate the horseshoe-shaped estate

    Strong colours dominate the horseshoe-shaped estate Copyright:Florian Rizek CC BY-SA 3.0

  • Hufeisensiedlung: Stairs leading down to a green with a pond

    Stairs leading down to a green with a pond Copyright:Ticket B

Hufeisensiedlung

The Hufeisensiedlung (“horseshoe housing estate”) in Britz is the first and most interesting example in Berlin’s long tradition of social housing. It was built between 1925 and 1933 to alleviate the housing shortage caused by a booming population. The estate is just one part of the larger Fritz-Reuter-City complex, all of which enjoys good infrastructure and plentiful green space. Here the architects Bruno Taut and Martin Wagner created attractive and modern housing.

Bright colours and close attention to detail, especially in the entrances and windows, lend the estate a unique character. That charm has been well preserved thanks to successive renovations. In 2008 the estate was granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

Website about Hufeisensiedlung (German)

Hufeisensiedlung infostation

Hufeisensiedlung in the Berlin Monument Database

Hufeisensiedlung on Wikipedia

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