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Welcome to Scharounica
As usual, another monologue before you’re let through to the mosaics.

I haven’t heard of Scharoun before I came to Berlin. In fact, I haven’t heard of him during my first terms at the university too. It all happened by chance.
It’s useless to hope design would be free of fashions. Still, I cannot help but wonder when I see the local ones.
As I started with my architecture studies, it was en vogue to press everything in geometric primitives. From the moment you had your scheme reduced to cylinders and prisms, you were immune to all critics. And if you had a house group united by some keen curve, the trophy was surely yours.
Recently, another manner arrived. Here, you first invent a story that leads you to a form. Then you press (see above).
Good old “form follows function” is there too. Yet in a slightly altered way — it is thought be enough to make a house function. By definition, it is considered beautiful then. Thus a buildings’ qualities description gets reduced to a technical details list.
As if there was a tenant who’d like to know that!

In short, I wasn’t convinced that was the architecture I’d like to make. My houses should not only follow practical requests, but also be able to tell one about them; neather be pressed in a fairy-tale, nor in a primitive. An architecture of community should it be too…
I was to receive aid from the least awaited side — looking for some rare book I was sent to the State Library. I went to the Arts Forum, entered the Library and — there I was.
Later the Philharmony followed, the Chamber Concert Hall, the Lünen gymnasium. Since 2000 I’m a member of Scharoun Society, and member of its Board since 2007.

To finish with Loos’ words: an architect, who, after having seen the State Library, continues making box-shaped houses is similar to those who, “after having been to the opera, start drawing tapestry motifs”(analogous).
You can select a Scharoun’s building in the left-side mosaics, they include

  • Berlin Philharmonic, Great hall
  • Berlin Philharmonic, Chamber Music Hall
  • Berlin State Library
  • Arts Forum, Berlin
  • Coloured Row, a first part on Hans Scharoun’s works in former East Prussia, continued in:
  • A World Architect’s Insterburg Diploma (Insterburger Brief, 2008)
  • Between Style and Method, Notes on Hugo Haering and Hans Scharoun
  • Eastern Prussia: inventing the province anew, (Proekt Baltia, 2008)
  • 1915-1925: the early years of Hans Scharoun
  • In the Architectural collection you’ll find some of my designs.