Since September 2014, Class B4 (an 8th class specialising in stage dance) at the State School of Ballet in Berlin and the School for Circus Arts had been dealing in great depth with the particular architecture and the characteristic colour scheme of the Carl Legien Estate. The creative outcome of their work was a dance performance throughout the residential estate. The title of the performance “Colour means zest for life” was taken from the words of the famous architect Bruno Taut, who was responsible for the design of the residential estate. The young dancers delighted the numerous spectators with creative costumes and a cross-genre performance.
The Carl Legien Estate was built by the GEHAG housing association between 1928 and 1930 and was named after the first chairman of the German Federation of Trade Unions, which had been founded in 1919. It is one of six Berlin Modernist estates in the city that were included in the world cultural heritage list of UNESCO in 2008 because of their great significance to architectural history. Deutsche Wohnen owns four of these six estates. It acquired the Carl Legien Estate in 2012 and, in so doing, brought it back into the holdings of the successor to GEHAG, Deutsche Wohnen. For further information, please see www.welterbesiedlungen-berlin.de.
Deutsche Wohnen is one of the largest publicly listed residential property companies in Germany and Europe with a business focus on managing and developing its residential property portfolio. As at 31 March 2015 the portfolio comprised 148,900 units, of which 146,800 were residential and 2,100 commercial. Deutsche Wohnen owns flats in four Berlin Modernist housing estates, which were given UNESCO world cultural heritage status in July 2008: White City, the Horseshoe Estate in Britz, the Carl Legien Estate in Prenzlauer Berg and the Ring Estate (Siemensstadt).