Architect
Alvar Aalto Elissa Aalto
Design
1955 - 1957
Completion
1957
Themes
Alvar Aalto’s Architecture
Category
Residential buildings
Tags
block of flats concrete prefabrication

The Aalto office was one of fifty-three internationally renowned architecture offices from fourteen countries that were invited in 1955 to design a block of flats for the 1957 Interbau Exhibition. The drawings for his first ‘Vorprojekt Haus 19’ are dated February 1955, and show a twelve-storey block with an asymmetrical ground plan and ten apartments per storey.

The next plan, ‘Vorprojekt Haus 15’, had a different site and orientation. Again twelve storeys high, the house was divided into two wings with entrances from the intermediate courtyard. The prefabricated concrete units are clearly visible in the façades, which have dominating balconies that Alvar and Elissa Aalto thought of as a kind of open atrium. The idea was to provide each flat with some of the contact with nature that the single-family house offers. The smallish flats are set around the living room and the adjoining atrium balcony.

The plan that was finally built, ‘Haus 16’, resembles the ‘Vorprojekt Haus 15’, though the site had again changed. Aalto placed a free-form screening wall between the two stairwells at ground floor. The building contains 78 apartments on eight storeys. One of these was furnished for the 1957 exhibition with Aalto furniture to plans the Aaltos had originally drawn up for the H55 exhibition in 1955 in Helsingborg.

Location

Klopstockstrasse 30, Berlin
52.51698311, 13.34175423

Images

Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Tomi Summanen, Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto Museum)
Hansaviertel Apartment House
Hansaviertel Apartment House (© Martti Kapanen, Alvar Aalto Museum)

More projects by authors

Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Aalto Pavilion

  • Venice
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Alajärvi Youth Association Building

  • Alajärvi
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Detmerode Church and Parish Centre

  • Wolfsburg
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Church of the Three Crosses

  • Imatra
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Church of the Cross

  • Lahti
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

The Seinäjoki Defence Corps Building

  • Seinäjoki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Riola Church and Parish Centre

  • Riola
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

The Jyväskylä Defence Corps Building

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Nuora Building (alterations)

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Villa Karpio

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

National Pensions Institute Housing

  • Helsinki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Villa Skeppet

  • Tammisaari
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Standard Apartment House

  • Turku
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Casa Lauren

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Kantola House

  • Kotka
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Schönbühl Apartment House and Commercial Centre

  • Lucerne, Switzerland
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Iron House

  • Helsinki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Paimio Sanatorium

  • Paimio
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Studio Aalto

  • Helsinki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Aalto-Hochhaus

  • Bremen
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Finlandia Hall

  • Helsinki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Villa Mairea

  • Noormarkku
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Säynätsalo Town Hall

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Alvar Aalto Museum

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Aalto University Harald Herlin Learning Centre

  • Espoo
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

National Pensions Institute

  • Helsinki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Aalto University Undergraduate Centre

  • Espoo
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Viipuri Library

  • Vyborg
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Muurame Church

  • Muurame
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Jyväskylä Workers’ Club

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Cross of the Plains Church (Lakeuden risti)

  • Seinäjoki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

University of Jyväskylä, the Aalto’s Campus

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Muuratsalo Experimental House

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Sunila Pulp Mill and Residential Area

  • Kotka
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Aira Apartment Building for Railway Workers

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Aalto University Student Dormitory

  • Espoo
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Maison Louis Carré

  • Bazoches-sur-Guyonne
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Villa Kokkonen

  • Järvenpää
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

The Aalto House

  • Helsinki
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Villa Tammekann

  • Tartu, Estonia
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Viitatorni

  • Jyväskylä
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Terraced House

  • Eura
Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

House of Culture

  • Helsinki

Nearby projects

Empty placeholder image
Bookmark

Berlin Embassy of Finland

  • 1.1 km