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The Poelzig-Bauten are an ensemble of buildings made up of seven residential complexes around the Platz. They were built between 1927 and 1936 in two phases based on plans by Hans Poelzig. Today, after the destruction of the last war, there is still a closed quarter between Hirtenstraße, Kleine Alexanderstraße and Weydingerstraße with the cinema Babylon, Rosa- Luxemburg-Straße 30 and the adjoining residential complex Kleine Alexanderstraße 1-4 as well as the two corner buildings Weydingerstraße 18 and Weydingerstraße 20/22.

Plan with all realized and not realized Poelzig-Bauten (1927)

The development on the edge was a long-awaited project which, for various reasons, dragged on for almost two decades. After the area was upgraded more badly than right by the Volksbühne (to be honest, the newly created wasteland was not very noticeable at the edges), a competition was called in the mid-1920s, in which Emil Schaudt was initially chosen as the winner. Due to financial discrepancies, however, things turned out differently and Hans Poelzig had his Miss Universe moment and was subsequently chosen as the winner. At last things were moving forward: In the first phase (1927-1929), blocks 2, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 14 were realized with the client Alfred Schrobsdorff KG. Only Block 13 was built in 1936 by the client Wohnungsfürsorgegesellschaft Berlin m.b.H. finished later. Blocks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 were not implemented.

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