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Gropiusstadt

Berlin, Germany
1 of 11DarioJ Laganà

Gropiusstadt is a locality (Ortsteil) within the Berlin borough (Bezirk) of Neukölln. It was named after the architect who projected the complex: Walter Gropius.

History

Building of the quarter, initially named Britz-Buckow-Rudow and projected in a modernist style by Walter Gropius, ended in 1960. In Berlin, Gropius also projected the Sommerfeld House, the Interbau and the Großsiedlung Siemensstadt quarter. As part of West Berlin, its borders with Brandenburg (part of East Germany) were crossed by the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1989. As of 2001 it was still an autonomous Ortsteil.

It became famous as the place in which the German writer Christiane F. lived from childhood to adolescence, author of the novel "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo".

Geography

Gropiusstadt is located in the eastern suburb of Berlin and a small part of it (the easternmost one) borders with Schönefeld, a municipality in Dahme-Spreewald district, Brandenburg. It borders with the Berlin localities of Britz, Rudow and Buckow. This locality also separates Buckow from its northern exclave, a zone named Buckow-II.

Neukölln