Block 11 e 12, Kottbusser Damm [11-12 Kottbusser Damm], Berlin, Germany (1979-1981)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Block 11 e 12, Kottbusser Damm [11-12 Kottbusser Damm], Berlin, Germany (1979-1981)


circa 1979-1981

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 62 drawings (including 41 reprographic copies)
    21 slides
    11 photographs
    6 35mm negative strips
    0.03 linear meters of textual documentation
Scope and content:
The project series documents the 1980 design entry for Block 11-12 (Kottbusser Damm). While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 3/80. The office assigned the date 1980 for this project. This project was submitted to the International Architectural Exhibition Berlin competition (International Bauaustellung, IBA, circa 1979-1987), an urban renewal strategy for West Berlin, Germany. Siza had previously submitted three other projects to this competition: the Görtlitzer Bad swimming pool, Block 70 and 89 (Fränkelufer residential complex), and Block 121 (Bonjour Tristesse), which was his first built international project. He would later submit design proposals for two other projects: Monument to Gestapo victims Prinz-Albrecht-Palais and the Kulturforum.

The design proposal for Block 11-12 was for a residential building on Kottbusserstrasse in Kreuzberg. Documenting the design proposal are drawings, photographs, negatives, slides, and textual documentation. Among the drawings are sketches, studies, elevations, floor plans, and site plans. Photographs and negatives depict the project site and surrounding area; additionally there are slides of drawings and the model. Also included is a work contract from the IBA signed by Siza and IBA official Hardt-Waltherr Hämer, as well as several notes and calculations. Note that textual documentation in this project series includes materials on Block 70 and 89, see AP178.S1.1980.PR03.008. Sketches in this project series may also include sketches related to other Berlin projects, such as Block 70 and 89.
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
Related units of description:
  • Sketches for Block 11-12 can also be found in Siza's sketchbooks, series AP178.S2 of this fonds.

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