“Five projects from 1960s West Berlin” Ludwig Leo´s drawings at the AA

Despite having built three of the most important buildings in postwar West Berlin architecture – Charlottenburg Sports Hall, Circulation Tank of the Hydraulics Laboratory near Tiergarten station and a tower for the German Association of Lifeguards – Ludwig Leo’s work is now largely forgotten since his withdrawal from architectural discourse after the 70s. 

 

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert


‘Ludwig Leo: a most unusual architect’ is how Peter Cook, inspired by seeing the recently completed pink and blue Umlauftank (circulation tank) and the triangular DLRG headquarters in Berlin, entitled his 1975 article about Ludwig Leo. “The buildings are so original and so expertly achieved,” he said, “that in the long run, they MUST be exposed, they MUST be talked about, for there is so much crap around.”

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