The Shell-Haus: Emil Fahrenkamp’s masterpiece.

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Architecture
Emil Fahnrenkamp.
Current owner
GASAG.
Location
Berlin, Germany.
Project
1929.
Construction completed
1932.
First reform
1965-1967.
Second reform
1997-2000.
Photography
Branly Pérez.

Emil Fahrenkamp

Emil Fahrenkamp (8th of November of 1885, Aachen, German – 24th of Mai of 1966, Breitscheid, German) One of the most outstanding architects of the inter-war period, his best-known work is the Shell-Haus, built in Berlin in 1930.

He travelled to Düsseldorf in order to work in Wilhelm Kreis’s office, where he was between 1909 and 1912. He became assistant and subsequently professor in the Art Academy of Düsseldorf. His work in the 20s and 30s could be defined as the search of the simple forms, flat ceilings and repetitive window models, where features of the traditional style are integrated.

He accepted jobs from the Nazis during the war and after its end, he kept active as architect but he withdrew from the public life.

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