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Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor

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Alvaro Siza Vieira
location Berlin
function housing
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International recognition came to Siza in 1980 with his design of the Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse), a large public housing block in Berlin. Many have read this project, Siza's first to be built abroad, as the embodiment of the "contextual" qualities of his architecture, seeing proof of Siza's trademark sensitivity to his surroundings in the rhythms of the windows, in the apartment block's evocation of the street's curve, and in the slit between the new and old buildings. I prefer to see it as a mirror of the melancholia of urban life. Now known by the name Bonjour Tristesse scrawled clandestinely on its facade, the Schlesisches Tor - with its outer wall of identically sized windows - is animated only by the abstract evocation of a horizontal line, broken by a small dip as the building encounters the sky - ruefully reminds us that architecture is not, after all, always a joyful reflection of contemporary living.

Zao:Do you know how to rent and live in that building for 1~2 month?I'm a Taiwanese who is very interest in Siza's social housing. If you have any information please tell me, thank you very much.
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Taipei, Taiwan 14-Mar-13
André Santos says:
There are some "pieces" (sorry im n engineer) of Siza in Portugal that I really don´t understand. But now that I live in schlesisches Tor i really love this building.
Zao says:
I came in after some residents. The experiences of the stair cases and the corridors were refreshing. Details seems kind with deep considerations for the users. For example, the hight of the corridors handrails are different, below 4th story there are only 2 rail poles above the windowsill, but in the higher stories there are 3, offering a safety feeling.
Berlin, China 16-Dec-10
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Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor
Schlesische Straße 1-8
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How to get there? "Schlesisches Tor" - (Berlin U-Bahn)
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Completion 10- 1983
ArchitectAlvaro Siza Vieira
Project ID 1081
Latitude/Longitude 52°29'60N 13°26'37E
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