Hans Hansen

Hans Hansen

Part of


  • O.M. Ungers (collector)
  • Hans Hansen (creator)
  • Hans Hansen (architect)
  • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


Hans Hansen

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 4 textual records

Scope and Content

Series documents the contribution of architect Hans Hansen to the correspondence circle of Die gläserne Kette, with Hansen writing under the pseudonym Antischmitz.

Born in Roetgen, Germany, in 1886, Hansen studied architecture in Cologne. After the war, Hansen joined the circle Cologne Dadaists, contributed to the magazine "Der Ventilor", and published "Das Erlebnis der Architektur". From 1922, he worked on commissions for the Catholic Church in Germany, including his most known project for the St. Bruno Church in Cologne-Kletteberg (1924-1926). He died in Cologne in 1966. (Source: Ian Boyd Whyte, Bruno Taut and the Architecture of Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

The series comprises part of the correspondence of Hans Hansen to the Die gläserne Kette circle.

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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0017:001-003
    • Title: The Building Centre: Reprographic copy of a letter for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: February 1920
    • Form: textual records


    • Hans Hansen (author)
    • Die gläserne Kette (correspondence writers)
    • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


    Part of a miscellaneous group of visual and textual documents collected by Oswald Mathais Ungers, apparently to represent the work of artists/architects in Die gläserne Kette. In this letter Hansen describes a theoretical project, "Der Bauhof", which is typical of the utopian concerns of the members (transl. in Whyte, 67-69). Text signed "Antischmitz", pseudonym of Hansen for Die gläserne Kette correspondence.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 typescript(s)

    Technique and media:

    Mimeograph copy with pen and black ink


    sheets: 28.2 x 21.5 cm

    Document Type:

    • correspondence

    Physical Description:

    - There are several old folds and some small tears on each of the three pages of this reproduction of a letter.


    signed and dated - on DR1988:0017:003, by the author ? in pen and black ink, b.: "Köln im Febrüar 1920 Antischmitz" inscribed - on all sheets, by the author ? in pen and black ink, throughout: with annotations and corrections imprinted - on DR1988:0017:001, by the author, on the original, t.: with title




    • architecture

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal


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