Two main principles characterized the housing projects presented at the IBA (the International Architecture Exhibition held in Berlin in 1987): a rejection of modernism in architecture and in the design of the urban fabric: and the perception of the city as a series of disconnected fragments, a view influenced by Colin Rowe's idea of a collage city' in the planning and organization of its fabric. If there is one feature which marks the Luisenplati project by Hans Kollhoff, a representative of the younger generation of German architects, it is a polemical rejection of both those IBA principles.
This project is located in the heart of a district rich in historical styles - Jugendstil apartment houses, a Neo-classical Schinkel pavilion and the great Baroque Charlottenburg Palace. With its heavy blue brick inspired by Peter Behrens' industrial buildings and the wing-like form on the roof derived from Le Corbusier's design for Chandigarh, it is overtly attached to the ideals of modernist architecture. On the urbanistic level, it is an expression of the search for unity rather than fragmentation. Despite its eclectic assemblage of elements from modernist precedents, the building's tripartite composition of base, main structure and exaggerated celebratory crown is reminiscent of the compromise technioues of the 'New Monumentally' movement of the 1950s, formally reinforcing rather than destroying the spatial unity of the street. In Kollhoff's words, the building strives to create
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