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.Write a comment