Concurso, Block 121, Schlesisches Tor [Competition for Schlesisches Tor residential complex], Berlin, Germany (1981-1988)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Concurso, Block 121, Schlesisches Tor [Competition for Schlesisches Tor residential complex], Berlin, Germany (1981-1988)


circa 1981-1988

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 266 drawings (including 212 reprographic copies)
    108 slides
    103 photographs
    32 postcards
    13 35mm negative strips
    5 folders of textual documentation
    4 maps
    1 poster
Scope and content:
This project subseries documents the residential complex Bonjour Tristesse after Siza won the competition for Block 121. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 2/80 A. The office assigned the date 1980 for this project.
Among materials for the competition phase are conceptual sketches intermingled with sketches of people, design development drawings including drawings for the model, site plans for the competition site, proposed plans, proposed elevations, and plans for the proposed nursery and school extension. Also included are photographs, negatives, and slides for the competition, and general photographs and negatives of Berlin.
Textual documentation includes correspondence from IBA officials, such as Hämer, Kleihues, and Dagmar Tanuschev, as well as letters from Brigitte Cassirer (later Brigitte Fleck). Fleck was responsible for national and international competitions for the Senate of Berlin (1971-1985) and first invited Siza to participate in the IBA competition by entering a design for the Görlitzer Bad swimming pool. Other correspondence included in this project series are letters from Peter Brinkert, Siza’s contact architect in Berlin, in which they discuss the Kita and the Seniors Club Anziani. Furthermore, there is textual documentation from the IBA, as well as historical documentation on the project site and notes.
Reference number:


Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.

Berlin Germany

Credit line:
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Language of material:
  • German
  • English
  • Portuguese
Related units of description:
  • Sketches for Block 121 are also included in Siza's sketchbooks found in Series 2 of this fond. Of note are sketchbooks 46, 59, 74, 84, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95, 110, 147, 150, 153, 155, 157, 163, 168, and 462. These sketchbooks include competition and post-competition sketches of Bonjour Tristesse. Some of these sketchbooks also contain sketches of the Kita and the Senior Club Anziani. See Subseries 2 and 3 for more details.

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