Ihme-Zentrum

© 2013-2017 Vicente Cabido

The Ihme-Zentrum was planned by Carl Schaetzle as a city within a city, as a mastodontic project in the center of the city of Hannover.

There we should find all the facilities necessary for daily life without having to move outside the architectural complex. In 1971, construction began under the supervision of Hanns Adrian, and was completed as a block eight times larger than originally planned. This resulted in 850 apartments built around a large shopping center.

At present, after numerous investors, designs and plans of renovation and economic revival, ninety nice percent of the shops in the commercial gallery are empty.

There is no place in the city as controversial as the Ihme-Zentrum, built from the urban brutalism of the seventies. This cement paradise within the greenest geographic space of Germany today has become, paradigmatically, a counterculture symbol of the city.

 

Ihme-Zentrum (2017)