Hans and Wassili Luckhardt

Hans and Wassili Luckhardt

Part of


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


Hans and Wassili Luckhardt

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 7 textual records
  • 1 drawing
  • 1 photographic material

Scope and Content

Series documents the contribution of architects Hans Luckhardt and Wasilli Luckhardt to the correspondence circle of Die gläserne Kette, with each writing under the pseudonyms Angkor and Zachen respectively.

Born in Berlin in 1880, Hans Luckhardt studied architecture at the Technische Hochschule at Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1919, he joined the Novembergruppe, an exhibiting group of painters, sculptors, architects and musicians, and the Arbeitsrat für Kunst, lead by Bruno Taut. These two groups merged in November 1919. The same year, Luckhardt exhibitied his work at the Ausstellung für unbekannte Architekten and contributed to the organization of the Neues Bauen exhibition the next year. In 1921, Hans Luckhardt began his working collaboration with his brother Wassili. Born in Berlin in 1989, Wassili Luckhardt studied archictecture at the Technische Hochschule at Berlin-Charlottenburg and at the Technische Hochschule in Dresden. He undertook his military service from 1914 to 1918. Like his brother Hans, Wasilli joined the Novembergruppeand the Arbeitsrat für Kunst in 1919 and exhibited his work at the Ausstellung für unbekannte Architekten. During their collaboration, the Luckhardt brothers worked on designs for private commisions and competition schemes including some for Berlin and Hanover (1951-1952). Hans Luckhardt died in 1954 in Bad Wiessee. Wassili Luckhardt continued his work as an architect on various architectural projects. He died in 1972 in Berlin. (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 and Wasilli Luckhardt to the Die gläserne Kette circle, along with related drawings and photographs. The series also includes a photograph of a architectural model for a project by the Luckhart brothers.

Reference Number


Related units of description

  • The CCA collection contains other works by Hans and Wassili Luckhardt (1 object, a model).


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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0019:001-005:003
    • Title: Material from Wassili Luckhardt and Hans Luckhardt mostly for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: 1919 ? and 1920
    • Form: drawings, textual records, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 5


    • Unknown, Germany, early 20th century (photographer)
    • Wassili Luckhardt (architect)
    • Hans Luckhardt (author)
    • Wassili Luckhardt (author)
    • Hans Luckhardt (architect)
    • Die gläserne Kette (correspondence writers)
    • Die gläserne Kette (archive creator)


    Part of a miscellaneous group of visual and textual documents collected by Oswald Mathias Ungers, apparently to represent the work of artists/architects in Die gläserne Kette. Primarily theoretical and visionary in content, this group includes three letters, a page from a letter with drawings for a concert hall, and a photograph of a model of the same concert hall. The letters and photograph were accessioned as received in a beige folder.

    Quantity / Object type:

    5 file(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • theoretical drawings

    Technique and media:

    Mimeograph copy and graphite gelatin silver print


    comp.: 18.30 X 28.20 cm sheets (range): 18.3 to 33.1 x 20.9 to 28.2 cm secondary support (photographs): 18.8 x 28.9 cm

    Drawing Type:

    • line drawings

    Document Type:

    • correspondence

    Method of Projection:

    • pictorial drawing
    • plan (drawing)
    • elevations (drawings)

    Point of View:

    • bird's-eye view

    Physical Description:

    - There are old folds on all of the sheets. The photograph is mounted on cardboard. Two of the four reproductions of letters are one page in length, while the others are two pages and three pages in length.


    signed - on DR1988:0019:005:001, by the author, on the mimeograph copy, u.l.: "Zacken" signed and dated - on DR1988:0019:002 R/V, by the author, on the original, u.r.: "30.111 20."; verso, l.r.: "Angkor" signed - on DR1988:0019:003 R/V, by the draughtsman, on the original,, u.r.: "Angkor"; verso, l.r.: "Angkor" signed - on DR1988:0019:004:002, by the author, on the mimeograph copy, verso, l.r.: "Zacken ..."




    • architecture

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • fantastic architecture
    • Expressionism

    Credit line:

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

    Objects that have been catalogued:


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