Zeppelinstrasse Estate, 1926–1927. Architect: Richard Ermisch
1926 – 1927
Architect: Richard Ermisch
Zeppelinstrasse 12–110, Buschhüttener Weg 1–2, Falkenseer Chaussee 26–32 und 260–265, Merziger Strasse 8–9, Pirmasenser Strasse 7 und 20–22, Berlin-Spandau
The Zeppelinstrasse housing estate was built between 1926 and 1927 according to plans by Richard Ermisch for a non-profit construction company. It consists of 500 small apartments and a few store units. The main design motif of the mostly 3‑story residential buildings is formed by colorful details with jagged edges, prismatic street corners, protruding pointed oriels, angular broken links, loggias placed over corners and zigzag motifs.
The four tower-like corner buildings at the intersection of Zeppelinstrasse and Falkenseer Chaussee received crownings in the form of a dome and a peak, covered with light and dark slate. The estate is a significant example of dynamic expressionism in architecture. Swinging, curved side walls are connected with zigzag bands, brick patterns and colorful triangular dormers.
While the houses on Zeppelinstrasse and Falkenseer Chausee are block-edge constructions, the roadside structures on Germersheimer Weg and Germersheimer Platz are broken up by staggered rows of houses.