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    High-rises of the Hansaviertel at the edge of the Tiergarten.

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    High-rises of the Hansaviertel

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    High-rises of the Hansaviertel at the subway station Hansaplatz

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    View of a high-rise building in Berlin's Hansaviertel, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1957 as part of the Interbau international building exhibition.

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    View of the building of the Academy of Arts in Berlin's Hansaviertel.

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    Moabit Bridge

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    Holsteiner Ufer

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    Magnificent old building on Holsteiner Ufer

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    Riverside path along the banks of the Spree

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    House on the banks of the river Spree

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    Residential building on Klopstockstraße designed by Alvar Aalto

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    "Zeilen" building by Oscar Niemeyer on Altonaer Straße

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    Apartment building by Max Taut on Hanseatenweg

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    Apartment building on Altonaer Straße designed by Oscar Niemeyer

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    Altonaer Straße

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    High-rise on Bartningallee

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    A construction site in Berlin's Hansaviertel

The neighborhood of Hansaviertel is bordered by the Tiergarten and the Spree and is largely under monumental protection.

Hansaviertel is the smallest of Berlin's 96 districts, but it is particularly densely populated. The neighborhood was named after the Hansa Quarter, which was developed in 1874 by the Berlin-Hamburg real estate company Hansa.

Hansaviertel under Monumental Protection

The once popular bourgeois district with magnificent old buildings was heavily destroyed during World War II and was to become a symbol of Berlin's desire for renewal under the principle of a loosened and greener city. 48 properties were newly planned and built in the south of the Hansaviertel. Today, they are all listed buildings.

Buildings by Jacobsen, Aalto, Niemeyer and Gropius

There are three types of residential buildings in the Hansaviertel. There are the one- and two-story single-family home designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, which enclose open courtyards, are open to the south and connect to a residential street to the north. Then, there are the rows of buildings with four or seven to ten floors. The eight-story apartment building by the Finn Alvar Aalto, a seven-story building on V-shaped supports and with a freestanding elevator tower by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, and a slightly curved, nine-story building with apartment blocks turned 90 degrees on the narrow sides by Walter Gropius are particularly well-known.

High-rises in Hansaviertel

A third group consists of six so-called Punkthäuser (point houses). The floor plan here is arranged around a central stairwell or elevator shaft, with as many apartments as possible around it. An example of this category is the building of the Dutch architects Van den Broek and Bakema. A loose row of five of such buildings, all with 16 or 17 floors, makes the Hansaviertel visible from afar.

Hansaplatz and Academy of Arts

The center of the district is Hansaplatz. It is also the center of the Southern Hansaviertel with its architecturally iconic buildings. Other sights are the Grips Theater and the Academy of Arts on Hanseatenweg. Those in search of nature and greenery will find it at the southern edge of the district, where the Tiergarten, the artificial lake Fauler See, the English Garden and Bellevue Palace are located.

Last edited: 17 June 2021

Portrait of Tiergarten