City walk in Mitte with Group 14
WiB´s Architecture Group met on 14 February 2017 to learn more about the typical courtyards of Berlin´s inner city borough Mitte and their social and historical background. The tour with architect Ulf Meyer started at Hackescher Markt.
In 1750, city commander Friedrich von Hacke was asked by his king, Frederick the Great, to develop areas outside of the then city walls. A new quarter arised and became what is called today, Spandauer Vorstadt.
After the founding of the German Reich, Berlin developed rapidly from a city to an industrialized urban sprawl. Cheap living quarters became scarce – problems and critique arose and made more careful planning of apartments for workers in inner city areas necessary. A great example for this are the Hackesche Höfe - erected 1906/08 by Kurt Berndt. Their façade are an example of Art Noveau.
We went on to Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Rosenhöfe of famous architect Baller and ended with Paulinenhof called after Pauline Schwarzkopf, the widow of a well-known hair care producer.