Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig

23-12-2017, 22:13
Secret symbols, the early Middle Ages, the famous German ordnung and the circular street "Ring of the Nibelungen".
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
Leipzig is an amazing city in East Germany, which I visited only a week ago. Even without the popular tourist attractions, to which this time I did not care, there is something to see. On a tip from my old friend Alex technolirik, we drove into a very unusual residential quarter, Rundling. It was built just in time for the arrival of the German Nazis, led by Hitler, and can be considered a symbol of that time in its own way.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
This project is not something for those times, but even now it looks innovatively bold and original. And if you wish, you can also see a certain secret symbolism in this residential community. It is enough to see Rundling from above to understand what an unusual place this seemingly ordinary residential area of ​​Leipzig is at first glance.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
In Germany, between the First and Second World War began to build amazing for the time of the house in the style of Bauhaus. Inflation and economic difficulties forced the architects to reconsider traditional views and begin to design functional buildings, where every detail had a meaning and purpose. In fact, Bauhaus became a harbinger of modern multi-storey construction, nevertheless remaining an original phenomenon in world architecture.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
More recently, buildings in the cities of Dessau and Bernau, as the most prominent representatives of the Bauhaus style, were included in the UNESCO World Heritage lists. But there are always renegades who do not keep up with the times. That was the architect Hubert Ritter.
He was from a family of hereditary artists and graduated with honors from the Technical University of Munich. In 1925, fate throws him for many years in Leipzig. Here he was engaged in urban development.
The residential quarter of Rundling was his brainchild, where he challenged the then prevailing trends in German architecture. The prototype for this project was the type of the German village from the early Middle Ages, which bore the same name - rundling.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
24 residential buildings were designed in the form of a circular building of three rows with an external radius of 300 meters.Such a project was difficult to call economically viable. Round houses are much harder and more expensive to build than rectangular ones.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
The aesthetics of the project, to the detriment of convenience, was in the first place here. Needless to say, this complex was a challenge to the bleak monotony of residential construction in those years. A moment about Rundling spoke as a symbol of the ideals of the new Germany. And although Hubert Ritter himself fell into disgrace when the Nazis headed by Hitler came to power, the brainchild of Leipzig liked the propagandists of that time led by the notorious Albert Speer
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
This complex was badly damaged during the war, but in 1965 it was reconstructed, without loss for the general layout. In 1997, after re-renovation, the complex acquired its present appearance, while retaining all its authenticity.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
The place is very interesting and absolutely not tourist. In fact, here in the original you can see a piece of pre-war Germany. It is surprising that even the name of the main circular street has survived since the days of Nazi Germany - the Ring of the Nibelungen. Such is the interpretation of Wagner!
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
Yes, and the view of the entire quarter, just like the way, corresponds to the mysticism of the advocates of the Third Reich.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
Alex and I thought for a long time what could be in the very geometric center of Rundling - the statue of Hitler? Fascist eagle with a swastika in the legs? Unfortunately, I was not able to establish it for certain. We only know that at one time there was a playground with a small pool.

Now there is nothing here, just walkways with benches. Although the rounded houses create an extraordinary sensation that spurs the imagination. Like, here it is the center of the universe! A little more video may convey a bit of that feeling.
Rundling - the mysterious residential quarter of the times of Nazi Germany in Leipzig
Sorry I was not lucky to go inside one of the houses Rundling. They say the rounded structure of the houses adds good lighting in the rooms. In any case, the secret admirers of the ideas of Hitler should settle in such areas. The aura is special here, and the famous German ordnung is immaculate here. In addition, the area is located on the outskirts of Leipzig, and very few people know about it.

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