Gartenstadt (“garden city”) Staaken

Kleine Straße mit niedriger Wohnbebauung und Gehwegüberfahrt, Gartenstadt Staaken
Image: BA Spandau von Berlin, SGA

The Ministry of the Interior of the old German Reich had the Staaken Gartenstadt (“garden city”) built for the employees of the armaments factory in Spandau from 1914 to 1917. The architect Paul Schmitthenner was striving for an idyllic small-town atmosphere, to be created by gardens, narrow streets, and small squares – although the two- and three-story row houses were built with standardized floor plans and prefabricated parts.