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Gartenstadt Staaken

BerlinPaul Schmitthenner

Kleinhaus und Kleinsiedlung (1918) by Hermann Muthesius can be read as a manual for the design of garden cities or suburbs. In the introduction, Muthesius, an architect who chiefly owes his fame to studies into innovations in English housing, describes how the Garden City development emerged in Germany during the First World War as a new model for accommodating the working classes. The concept is illustrated by Gartenstadt Staaken, commissioned by the German Ministry of Home Affairs and built between 1914 and 1917 to house workers from the munitions factories in Spandau. The plan was designed by the young architect Paul Schmitthenner and built almost entirely to his specifications within a short period…