Hans Scharoun. Plans and drawings
In addition to biographical material, the Hans Scharoun Archive includes over 1,000 of his students' drawings as well as utopian architectural designs dating from 1909 to 1945. A total of 341 building projects and designs are documented by models, photographs, plans and written materials. Furthermore, the lecture manuscripts from Hans Scharoun's time teaching at the Technische Universität Berlin and correspondence with artists and architects from his time as president of the Academy of the Arts (West Berlin).
The drawings and plans shown here are a representative selection of Hans Schroun's extensive work in the Architecture Archive of the Akademie der Künste.
20/09/1893 Bremen - 25/11/1972 Berlin
1955 - 1972 member of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (West); 1956 - 1968 president and 1968 - 1972 honorary president of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (West)
1912 - 1914 studied architecture at the Technical University Berlin-Charlottenburg (not completed); 1918 briefly returned to the university in Berlin but did not continue his studies, 1919 - 1925 took over the architecture firm of Paul Kruchen, Insterburg/East Prussia (now Chernyakhovsk); participated in the Gläserne Kette chain letter initiated by Bruno Taut (1919 - 1920); 1925 - 1932 professor, State Academy for Art and Applied Art in Breslau,(now Wrocław); member of the architects' association Der Ring (from 1926); 1926 - 1932 architecture firm with Paul Kruchen and Adolf Rading in Berlin; 1945 - 1947 city planner and director of the construction and housing authority, Magistrate of Greater Berlin; 1947 - 1950 director of the Institute for Architecture, German Academies of Sciences, Berlin; 1947 - 1958 professor of city planning, Technische Universität Berlin; 1958 retirement
Archive and collection
The Hans Scharoun Archive is one of the most important and extensive estates in the Architecture Archive of the Akademie der Künste. In addition to biographical material on Hans Scharoun, it includes over 1000 drawings from his time as a school and university student and utopian architectural designs dating from 1909 to 1945. Documents, correspondence and drawings from the context of the Gläserne Kette and the architects' association Der Ring. A total of 341 building projects and designs are documented by models, photographs, plans, sketches, drawings and written documents, including drawings by his colleagues. Furthermore, lecture manuscripts from Scharoun's time teaching at the Technische Universität Berlin and correspondence with artists and architects from his time as president of the Academy of the Arts (West) have survived.
The Hans Scharoun Archive comprises several collections that add to the materials from the main archive.
The Architecture Archive also holds numerous archives from architects who were colleagues of Scharoun at his firm, including the Wolfgang Freitag Archive, the Chen Kuen Lee Archive, the Peter Fritz Hoffmeyer Zlotnik Archive and the Edgar Wisniewski Archive. Supplementary documents on Hans Schroun's life and work are also to be found here.
History of the holdings
The main part of the archive was left to the Academy of the Arts in 1973 as a testamentary bequest by Hans Scharoun. The archive was later received several further additions.