Flats at Bremen
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Architect Alvar Aalto
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Location Neue Vahr district, Bremen, Germany   map
Date 1958 to 1962   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes "Neue Vahr Apartments". fan-shaped plan optimizes views.




Plan Drawing

Site Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Discussion Flats at Bremen Commentary

The Neue Vahr area of Bremen was one of the largest housing developments to be built at one time in Europe in the 1960s. The 22-story high-rise apartment house forms the accent in the center of the Neue Vahr area of the city— between a shopping area and an artificial lake with landscaped grounds.

— Deborah Fritz from Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. Scarsdale: Wittenborn & Company. p258.

"The tower is a 'through house' with one-room and (at the most) two-room apartments for people who will live there for only a relatively short period of time (childless couples and single persons)."

— Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. Scarsdale: Wittenborn & Company. p258.

"The fan-like plan was conceived so that the very small one-room apartments would benefit from a broader outlook through the larger windows which this arrangement makes possible."

— Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers. p195.


Designed 1958, built 1959 to 1962.The twenty-two story apartment block was designed in 1958 and built 1959 to 1962.

Sources on Flats at Bremen

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. pinwheel geometry diagram, p193. [Neur Vahr Apts.] — Updated edition available at

David Dunster, ed. Alvar Aalto. London: St. Martin's Press, 1978. plan, perpsectivce photo, p98.

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1975. ISBN 0-275-49660-0. NA1455.F53A239. p194.

Karl Fleig. Alvar Aalto. Scarsdale: Wittenborn, 1963. NA1455.F53A22. p258.

Karl Flieg, ed. Alvar Aalto: Band II 1963-1970. Zurich: Les Editions d'Architecture Artemis, 1971. NA1455.F53A22 1970. site plan, p228. ground floor plan, p230. typical floor plan, p231.

Malcolm Quantrill. Alvar Aalto: A Critical Study. New York: Schocken Books. ISBN 0-8052-3845-X. NA1455.F53A237. p205.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Flats at Bremen


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