UNESCO Welterbe

Location: District of Treptow-Köpenick
Subdstrict: Bohnsdorf, Grünau City Railway station (formerly Berlin-Görlitz railway)
Streets: Akazienhof, Am Falkenberg, Gartenstadtweg
Total Area: 4.4 ha [10.87 acres]
Number of Flats: 128, 80 of them single occupancy houses (mostly terraced or semidetached houses) and 48 apartments in six blocks of flats
Flat Sizes: 1 ½ to 5 rooms [excluding kitchen and bathroom]
Constructed: 1913 to 1916
Urban Design: Bruno Taut
Architects: Bruno Taut and Heinrich Tessenow (single occupancy house)
Landscape Architect: Ludwig Lesser
Building Owner: Gemeinnützige Baugenossenschaft Gartenvorstadt Groß- Berlin GmbH (founded on the initiative of the Deutsche Gartenstadtgesellschaft [German Garden City Society], merged after the war with the Berliner Spar- und Bauverein 1892, today's Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG)
Reconstruction: Inspected for historic preservation and reconstructed from 1992 until 2002; since 2001, extended by further phases of construction formerly not carried out, in accordance with new plans and an urban development contract with the State of Berlin; since 2011, new construction of apartment and row houses
Owner: Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG (building cooperative)

As the oldest of the six housing estates, Bruno Taut's Gartenstadt Falkenberg ("Falkenberg Garden City") is still unmistakably related to the Garden City concept developed by Ebenezer Howard in England and the cooperative building society model for housing estate and living linked to this concept. The buildings from the first construction phase are arranged around the intimate "Akazienhof". In the second construction phase, Taut arranged building types of different proportions in staggered rows and groups.

The most striking characteristic of the housing estate is its expressive colourfulness, which articulates the principles of architectural and urban composition and, at the same time, offers a deliberate alternative to the expensive sculptured and ornamental architecture which was common until then.

Building details contrasting in colour, e.g. windows, shutters, cornices, balustrades, patios and wooden balcony balustrades, enhance the effect of the colours of the facades while, at the same time, forming an artistic frame with which to join all of the buildings.

The world heritage award is a great honor, which at the same time brings responsibilities and obligations. The Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892 eG as the owner of the World Heritage Housing Estates Gartenstadt Falkenberg and Siedlung Schillerpark has in January 2009 launched a foundation to protect and permanently maintain this unique architecture as a cultural world heritage of international community.
Foundation of world heritage Gartenstadt Falkenberg and Schillerpark-Siedlung of Berlin Modernism (German)