For Berlin Flowers I initiated community collaborations among 500 participants in order to decorate three buildings in Berlin with garlands: Schwedenhaus in Hansaviertel (former West Berlin), House of World Cultures (former West Berlin), and St.Johannes Evangelist Church (former East Berlin).

The three buildings were originally intended to accommodate social gatherings. A so-called Gesellschaftsraum (a social room) in the Schwedenhaus was turned into an expensive apartment; House of World Cultures, a former congress hall, is today a museum; St. Johannes Evangelist Church has held no regular services since the 1970s.

This project reconstructed the three community meeting points and represented visual languages interwoven by each neighboring community. Hansaviertel and House of World Cultures celebrated their 50th anniversaries in 2007.

Special thanks for Annette Mächtel, Folke Köbbernig and Martin Kaltwasser.
Basic Data
Location 1 Schwedenhaus, Hansaviertel, Altonaerstr. 3-9, 10555 Berlin, north façade

Location 2 Haus der kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles Allee, 10557 Berlin, Front stairs

Location 3St.Johannes Evangelist Church, Auguststraße 90, 10117 Berlin, above the main entrance

>>in neuem kontext<< Asien Pazifik Wochen
700 square meter LED screen
Presentation duration
Location 1September 22, 2007
Location 2September 23, 2007
Location 3September 9 – 23, 2007
Workshop Period
June 15 – July 15, 2007
September 9 – 17, 2007
Number of participants
500 P
3 – 80 years old
Textile: Cleaning Team, Remo Rollladen; Wool & yarn: Mr. Heinz; Paper: Pinguin Druck, IKEA, Zapf Umzüge, Park Inn; Egg crates: bakeries; Nets: Due Forni, cable binder, plastic
Astrid, Jana, Elena, Yuri, Norio, Teruyo, Axel
Schwedenhaus, north façade Hansaviertel, Berlin-Tiergarten, Germany

Photo: Thomas Bruns
Architects: Fritz Janecke & Samuelson (1957)

The Hansaviertel housing project was built between 1957 and 1961, as a response to the lack of apartments after the World War II. Internationally renowned architects such as Alvar Aalto, Egon Eiermann, Walter Gropius, Oscar Niemeyer, etc. were invited to design the complex. In 1957 the architecture exhibition, Interbau, opened its door to the future tenants, as well as guests from overseas.
The Schwedenhaus was designed by Fritz Janicke and Sten Samuelson. Designer vs. users discourse is found here: The Bauhaus architects requested that the building’s north façade be kept “clean” i.e. free of all personal belongings, in order to best present their design.
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Of the 25 days of the workshop period, it rained for 15 of them. Workshops took place in the Hansa Library, entrance hall of the Aalto Haus, in a trailer home “Bauwagen”, an art project by Berlin based artists Köbbernig and Kaltwasser.

Photo: Rachel de Joode

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Detail of a garland