Visit to Hans Scharoun estate in the archive of the Academy of Arts

The Architecture group organized a tour to the Architecture Archive of the Academy of Arts across the Charlottenburg Palace on 19 January 2018. The focus of the visit was the president of the academy, Hans Scharoun (1893-1972) who was also the architect best known for designing the world-famous Berlin Philharmonie. His home in Siemensstadt was already visited by interested members of the Architecture group.

The Archive manages the entire estate of the architect including thousands of sketches, drawings and correspondence. The Archive Director Dr. med. Barkhofen arranged the  private visit outside the opening hours. She selected samples of the architect’s works which showed his impressive talent in freehand drawing. At the age of 16, Scharoun drafted his first visionary sketches. Initially it was based on the characteristic of that particular time, then it concentrated progressively on his idea of organic buildings. One emphasis of his design was the light-flooded "City Crown", a representations of the political transparency in a city. The stunning colors and fantasy of these sketches inspired a dream of a beautiful painting in a wall at home ...