Hermann Henselmann, Stalinallee Berlin. View of Strausberger Platz, 1952
Hermann Henselmann, Stalinallee Berlin. View of Strausberger Platz, 1952

Hermann Henselmann

Stalinallee Berlin. View of Strausberger Platz, 1952

The new building work along Stalinallee (today’s Karl-Marx-Allee) was the first representative architecture of the young GDR in Berlin, demonstrating a model function. It set standards for newly formulated political aims in architecture based on the Soviet pattern. As part of a main traffic axis starting at the Brandenburg Gate, the intended function of Stalinallee was to link the workers’ housing areas in the east and Alexanderplatz. The street commenced at Strausberger Platz in the west and so its design was vitally important.
This illustrative sketch for implementation by a planning group under the direction of Hermann Henselmann documents a radical turn from modernist tendencies in architecture and urban development towards a new monumental-classicist design in the style of “national building traditions”. High-rise tower blocks and buildings on the square were designed in a largely representative fashion by means of arcades on the ground floor, prestigious building décor, and lavish materials. Inside the “workers’ palaces” there are spaciously laid out apartments with modern equipment and fittings.

Stalinallee Berlin. View of Strausberger Platz, 1952
Berlin-Friedrichshain
Pencil on tracing paper
86 x 120 cm
Gift from the architect, 1993

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