The IBA 1987, Altbau

This post won’t make much sense on its own, as it’s about a specific part of the Internationale Bauaustellung (IBA) Berlin 1987, for an explanation of which, go here. Sadly, the leading figure behind the Altbau half of the IBA, Hardt-Waltherr Hämer, died in 2012.

Much like the Neubau projects page, I’m attempting to (rather slowly) collate a list of IBA Altbau projects, migrating any projects from the other IBA main page.

Also, have started a Flickr group here, should anyone want to add images.

Block 70 – Usually known as ‘Apartment buildings on Fraenkelufer’.

Seemingly the best known of the IBA Altbau projects, judging by the number of page hits. By Hinrich and Inker Baller – see page here. Further, much commentary on the northern parts of the block (as well as the Beginenhof) are here. Finally, Wohnregal – a self-build project in the same block.

Block 88 – Bounded by Kottbusser Strasse, Reichenberger Strasse and Mariannenstrasse

A substantial amount of new construction integrated into a triangular block. The enclosed Hof space is the real strength, as ever. Page, including images, here.

Block 101 – Bounded by by Lausitzer Platz, Skalitzer Strasse, Manteuffelstrasse and Waldemarstrasse

Notable for the ingenious integration of a school into exiting and new elements, brief page here.

Apartment block, known as ‘Bonjour Tristesse’, by Alvaro Siza, Schlesische Strasse 1-8, Kreuzberg, 1982-1983. Post here, and an afterthought about the treatment of another part of Siza’s work on the block round the corner.

Housing for the Elderly, Köpenicker Strasse 190-193. By Steidle & Partner (Roland Sommer, Otto Steidle, Siegwart Geiger, Peter Boehm). Post is here, but woefully short – given my current research (at 2017) need to be getting back here. (Also, the term ‘the elderly’ is rather dated, isn’t it?).


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