Jürgen Sawade - Jürgen Sawade

Jürgen Josef Sawade (born December 19, 1937 in Kassel ; † January 21, 2015 in Berlin ) was a German architect .

Living at Kleistpark, since 2001 Pallasseum (1977)


Sawade studied from 1958 to 1966 at the Technical University of Berlin with Karl Wilhelm Ochs . During this time he worked on the construction site of the Corbusierhaus and with Georg Heinrichs . From 1963 to 1969 he was a scientific assistant to Oswald Mathias Ungers , who had a decisive influence on Sawade's further work with his idea that “the city consists of large, insular bodies”. [1]

In 1970 he opened his own architecture office in Berlin and had changing project-related partnerships, including with Dieter Frowein, Dietmar Grötzebach and Günter Plessow, in 1976 and 1981/1982 Sawade was a guest lecturer in the USA (at Berkeley University in California and Cornell University , New York).

Erich Mendelsohn's Universum-Kino after the conversion to the Schaubühne (1928, 1978–1981)

He received special recognition for his residential buildings on Lewishamstrasse and the renovation of the Schaubühne building on Lehniner Platz in Berlin. The living project at Kleistpark, built in 1977 with Dieter Frowein, Dietmar Grötzebach and Günter Pelessow, Pallasseum since 2001 , is one of the most unusual residential complexes in Berlin because an old bunker was included in the planning. The Hotel Esplanade from 1988, which he designed as an “unmistakable metropolitan place” for a contemporary urban society, was considered to be equipped with site-specific works by well-known artists of the ZERO group , Heinz Mack, Otto Piene , Günther Uecker and works by the Neue Wilden as a total work of art. [2] In 1991, Jürgen Sawade received a call to the University of Dortmund on the chair design and industrial construction . In 2004, Sawade was appointed honorary professor in the architecture and urban development department of the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences . Here he succeeded in teaching the students not only the direct design of buildings but also the overall understanding of architectural creation, which is “more than facade lifting” and also to see the cultural responsibility. [1] In spring 2002 the appointed himAkademie der Künste in Berlin, of which he was a member until his death in 2015.

Buildings in Berlin

Living at Karlsbad, Berlin-Tiergarten (1987)
Residential and office building on Kaiserdamm in Berlin (1991)
Grand Hotel Esplanade seen from the southwest over Lützowplatz (1988)
Jürgen Sawade's tombstone in the Stubenrauchstrasse cemetery in Berlin-Friedenau

Honourings and prices

Fonts (selection)

  • Wolfgang Schächen (Ed.): Buildings and Projects: 1970 −1995 / Jürgen Sawade . Gebr. Mann, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-7861-1952-X .
  • Block renovation and parking. Berlin 1969.
  • Überbauung Kurfürstendamm ( thesis 1966), see. Frank Schmitz : Jürgen Sawade - Kurfürstendamm development . In: Carsten Krohn (ed.): The unbuilt Berlin . Berlin 2010 (exhibition catalog, out of print).


Commons : Jürgen Sawade - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Nikolaus Bernau: From Schaubühne to Social Palace . In: Berliner Zeitung , January 28, 2015., p. 22.
  2. Stephan Becker: Oasis in a triangle in a block: Berlin's Grand Hotel Esplanade turns 25, Baunetz on May 29, 2013.