City walk in Mitte
On 14 February 2017, the Architecture group had a tour with Architect Ulf Meyer in Mitte. The tour that started at Hackescher Markt gave the members a broader knowledge about the typical courtyards of Berlin´s inner city, the social and historical background.
In 1750, City Commander Friedrich von Hacke was asked by King Frederick the Great to develop the areas outside of the then city walls. A new quarter arised and became what is called today as Spandauer Vorstadt.
After the formation of the German Empire, Berlin developed rapidly from a city to an industrialized urban sprawl. Affordable living quarters became scarce. Problems and critique arose which urged careful planning of apartments for workers in inner city. The perfect example is Hackesche Höfe which Art Nouveau facade was erected by Kurt Berndt in1906/08.
The tour continued to Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Rosenhöfe of the famous architect Baller and ended in Paulinenhof named after Pauline Schwarzkopf, the widow of a well-known hair care producer.