Berlin Modernism


At the start of 1921 Neutra became a city planner in Luckenwalde in south-west Berlin. Here he came into contact with the great Expressionist, Erich Mendelsohn, the most successful architect in Germany in the interwar period. Neutra, as a member of his staff, was able to prepare drawings and models for the notable Friedrich Steinberg hat factory and also worked on the Einstein Tower project in Potsdam. Mendelsohn’s experimentation with reinforced concrete, a new building material at the time, opened up for Neutra new and alternative options in architectural design.