Ratingsee Housing Estate

Emmericher Straße, Welschenkamp, 47138 Duisburg

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1927 / 28

Modernism

Architekt Karl Pregizer
Architekt Hermann Bräuhäuser
Architekt Heinrich Bähr

Stadt Duisburg
GEBAG Duisburger Gemeinnützige Baugesellschaft AG

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Ratingsee Housing Estate

Ratingsee is an example of a residential estate built to meet the acute housing shortage in the Duisburg city area during the Weimar Republic. It was built in 1927/28 on a lake that had been filled in. The estate has since typified the so-called “Neues Bauen”, an architectural reform movement that aimed to qualitatively improve living comfort in the most humble of flats. At a time of social distress and extreme housing shortages, family-oriented, affordably-priced houses with gardens were built with ambitious social aims. Through the consistent use of only one type of house, the estate is also in line with the most modern architectural and urban development notions. The Ratingsee estate features generously-proportioned open areas, with centrally situated private and communal open space predominating in the local area.
Of the 215 houses built, 184 are still standing today. The estate’s tenancy structure includes many older residents still on contracts dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Many older people feel at home here. However, the estate is increasingly undergoing a generational change. The younger generation, aged from 25 to 35, are taking over houses belonging to their parents or grandparents. Since 1998 the estate has been a registered protected historic monument and its buildings are now historically protected. The modernisation of the centrally located estate was financed with public funding. Since 2006 some rental properties have also been privatised in favour of tenants.

Author: Route der Wohnkultur
Last changed on 31.03.2010

 

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Urban Design » Square and Neighbourhood Planning
Architecture » Residential buildings » Multiple Housing

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