DulsbergLaubenganghäuser Oberschlesische Straße
Architect: Paul A. R. Frank
Dulsberg is one of Hamburg's poorest boroughs, yet it is not considered a deprived area. This is - at least in part - based on the successful planning of the borough built between 1921-42. Although Dulsberg features a large amount of social housing, the overall small scale and plenty of recreational areas still provide a livable environment.
The small apartments in the buildings along Oberschlesische Straße can be reached from arcades running along the building's sides, reducing the amount of necessary stairwells, which in turn recudes the construction costs and thus the rent for the apartments. At the end of the buildings that faces the street, the arcades form half-round community balconies. The current state of the buildings leaves much to be desired. Renovation is underway though, the results can already be seen on one of the buildings, where the arcades now feature glass louvers and the community balcony has been turned into a large living room for the apartment at the end of the building.