The Hansaviertel: West Berlin’s Answer to Karl-Marx-Allee

While East Berlin was building the prestigious Karl-Marx-Allee, something equally ambitious was happening in the Hansaviertel of West Berlin. Both parts of the severely damaged city wanted to show their strength and resilience after the war, both parts wanted to introduce a new view on architecture and housing. The result couldn’t be more different, however: Karl-Marx-Allee is a typical example of monumental architecture, whereas the Hansaviertel is modernist.

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