1929 – 1931
Architects: Hans Scharoun, Georg Jacobowitz
Hohenzollerndamm 35–36, Mansfelder Strasse 29, Berlin
Between 1929 and 1931 Hans Scharoun built a residential complex for bachelors and couples without children on Hohenzollerndamm. The builder of the project was the entrepreneur Georg Jacobowitz, whose company developed the floor plans of the individual 35 to 70 square metre apartment types. The apartments with kitchen or kitchenette and bathroom give the impression of concentrated representation and housekeeping organisation in a very small space.
The building consists of two parallel panes (street side and courtyard side), which are staggered against each other on half floors. Scharoun created an organic connection between the two wings facing the street by means of balconies projecting like hinges in a semicircular shape.
After completion, the smooth plaster was given a white oil coat, which lent the surface a delicate transparency. The sharp conciseness of the plaster edges in contrast to the rounded window reveals, the interplay of light plaster, dark clinker base and blue window woods, show the architect’s intensive attention to detail.