Berlin: Schell-Haus

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architekt: Emil Fahrenkamp
Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

The Schell-Haus with the destructions of the Second World War between 1939 and 1945

The Schell-Haus with the destruc­tions of the Second World War between 1939 and 1945

1930 – 1932

Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Reichpietschufer 60, Berlin

The Schell-Haus was built between 1930 and 1932 as the headquarters of the Schell subsi­diary Rhenania Ossag Mineralölwerke from plans by Emil Fahrenkamp. The steel skeleton construction, which is divided by a travertine cladding and asymmetri­cally divided windows with steel framing, has a façade on the Landwehr Canal that protrudes around one window axis each with rounded corners, whereby the building height rises from six to ten floors. The façade resembles a wave movement due to the rounding of the windows and building corners and the connection of the individual building elements.

Remarkable is the novel construction, which was designed by the civil engineer Gerhard Mensch to ensure high stability and a vibration-free stand. The Shell House, which encloses an inner courtyard, is founded on a reinforced concrete tub that reaches down to about 9 m below street level. In order to absorb vibra­tions, the side walls of the tub are separated from the building components above by a 2 cm wide air slot, thus absorbing the vibra­tions in the building caused by road traffic.

The commercial building is accessed by three large stair­cases with elevators. It has a two-storey basement, with an under­ground car park on the first floor. The upper floors contain office space of variable size, mainly single- and double-axis. On the first floor there is a confe­rence hall, on the tenth floor the casino and kitchen rooms are located. The flat roofs are acces­sible as a terrace. During the war, especially the upper floors were badly damaged, but at the end of the nineties it was exten­sively renovated. The Schell House is consi­dered one of the most important examples of modern archi­tecture among office buildings in the Weimar Republic.

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930-1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

Schell-Haus, 1930–1932. Architect: Emil Fahrenkamp

 

 

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