Ludwig Leo designed three of the most architecturally significant buildings in post-war West Berlin: the Sporthalle Charlottenburg, the Umlauftank near to the Tiergarten S-Bahn station, and the boathouse tower for the German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) in Spandau.
Although the Umlauftank remains a landmark in Berlin, Leo’s withdrawal from architectural discourse after the 1970s means that the basis of his work is now largely forgotten. The exhibition takes a close look, through the architect’s extraordinary drawings, at four of his projects. Decisive themes in Leo’s work were the idea of dense spatial sequences, movable elements, and the encouragement of social interaction through living and working together. Leo said “architecture must be socially justified, otherwise it is only a picture.”
The 5.6 m2 gallery space, equipped with sliding display panels, relates to the spatial compactness of Leo’s designs. The exhibition is based on many years of research by the participants and combines material from the architect’s archive at the Academy of Arts in Berlin with new material made for the exhibition, including a model, an animation film and photographs. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication.