The Poelzig family's home and studio in Berlin-Westend was built in 1930 to the design of sculptor and architect Marlene Poelzig. Marlene Poelzig‘s husband was the renowned architect Hans Poelzig. The „Haus Marlene Poelzig“ is an outstanding example of modernist architecture and for the emancipation of women architects in the early 20th century. The floor plan, furnishings and garden of the property at Tannenbergallee 28 are still largely preserved today. The roof was significantly altered after 1945 in the spirit of conservative postwar architecture.
In the summer of 2020, a petition called for the preservation and monument protection of the building, which has been steadily deteriorating and threatened with demolition; nearly 5,000 signatures were collected. Since then, an initiative of citizens, building culture experts and interested parties has been working both to preserve the remains of the building and to recognize the architect's life's work - representative of many too little appreciated lives of female architects and master builders. As a long-term vision, the initiative aims to establish a scholarship program for female masters of Baukultur, ideally at the site of the Marlene Poelzig House.
On June 18, as part of the Women in Architecture Festival 2021, the Marlene Poelzig Initiative invites interested parties to an on-site demonstration. In front of the house, members of the initiative will give impulses about Marlene Poelzig, the history of the house, future events, and the envisioned residency program. As an artistic intervention, a specially created work by artist Hannah Cooke will be unveiled to honor Marlene Poelzig.
Demonstration and artistic intervention for the preservation of the Marlene Poelzig House
18 June 2021, 16-18h
Haus Marlene Poelzig
Tannenbergallee 28, 14055 Berlin (S-Bahn Heerstraße)
Part of the festival Women in Architecture 2021.