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BERLIN COMPANION: THE MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER

Hermann Henselmann is probably best known as the architect of the legendary Alexanderplatz edifice, Haus des Lehrers (a twelve-storey high-rise with an incredible mosaic, known as Bauchbinde,  or The Cummerbund”, created by Walther Womacka) and of the adjacent domed building of the Kongresshalle.

He was also one of the chief architects of East Berlin’s Stalinallee – working together with Hanns Hopp and Richard Paulick in what was known as Architektenkollektiv, he designed the first “socialist” high-rise, Hochhaus an der Weberwiese. Henselmann lived with his family on the sixth floor of the Kinderkaufhaus (also Haus des Kindes), a building of his own design.

Haus des Kindes, designed by Hermann Henselmann and built 1951-1953.

The family needed a lot of space: Henselmann and his wife had eight children.

Unbeknownst to many, Henselmann is also the author of the design for the popular restaurant building in Treptower Park: generations of Berliners – both old and new – owe to him the pleasure of spending Sunday afternoons in and around Treptow’s “Haus Zenner”.

East Berlin, May 1, 1955 in Berlin Treptow: Gaststätte Zenner (image via Bundesarchiv).

One comment on “BERLIN COMPANION: THE MAN IN THE HIGH TOWER

  1. Gary Costello
    January 24, 2018

    Fantastic as usual. Thank you.

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