Hans Scharoun

Hans Scharoun

Part of


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


Hans Scharoun

Dates of creation

between 1919 and 1920

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 5 textual records
  • 3 drawings

Scope and Content

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

Born in 1893 in Bremen, Germany, Scharoun studied archictecture at the Technische Hochschule at Berlin-Charlottenburg between 1912 and 1914. From 1915 to 1918 he worked on a military commission for the rebuilding of East Prussia. In 1919, he joined the Arbeitsrat für Kunst led by Bruno Taut. From 1919 to 1925 he worked independently, taking on private and public commissions as well as architectural projects for exhibitions. He taught at the Akademie für Kunst und Gewerbe in Breslau from 1925 to 1932, and at the Technische Universität Berlin as a town planning professor from 1946 to 1958. In 1956, he won the first prize of the competition for the Philharmonie concert hall in West Berlin. He died in Berlin in 1972. (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 Scharoun to the Die gläserne Kette circle and related drawings.

Reference Number


Related units of description

  • The CCA collection contains other works by Hans Scharoun (approximately 80 objects, predominantly drawings).


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    • Reference Number: DR1988:0020:001-007
    • Title: Material from Hans Scharoun mostly for Die gläserne Kette
    • Dates of creation: printed 1919 and 1920
    • Form: drawings, textual records, graphic materials
    • Catalogued items within this file 7


    • Hans Scharoun (draughtsman)
    • Hans Scharoun (author)
    • Hans Scharoun (correspondence writer)
    • 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 intent, this group includes copies of drawings and texts by Hans Scharoun (pseusonym Hannes) that were circulated in Die gläserne Kette. These reprographic and carbon copies were accessioned as received in a beige folder.

    Quantity / Object type:

    7 file(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • theoretical drawings

    Technique and media:

    Mostly iron-based cyanotype ? with some carbon copies of typescript


    sheets (range [some irreg.]): 21 to 36 x 14,6 to 32,4 cm

    Drawing Type:

    • sketches

    Document Type:

    • correspondence

    Method of Projection:

    • pictorial drawings

    Physical Description:

    - Many of the larger sheets are folded, and some have rust stains from paper clips. Many of the wove paper sheets have been unevenly trimmed, and one has a small hole, while the tracing paper sheets have small folds. One reproduction of a letter is two pages in length, while the second has one page.


    signed - on some of the sheets, by the artist, on the originals, in various locations: "Hannes" inscribed - on some of the sheets, by an unknown hand, in graphite, verso, c.: "Hannes"




    • architecture

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • houses
    • theoretical architecture
    • fantastic architecture

    Credit line:

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

    Objects that have been catalogued:


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