Scharaun is an interdisciplinary project space for art and architecture in Berlin Siemensstadt.The exhibition space is located in an apartment complex from the 1930s, which was built by the architect Hans Scharoun for the workers of the nearby Siemens factories. Together with his wife Aenne, Scharoun lived and worked in an apartment inside the same building from 1930 to 1960.

01 Kitchen

Although no photographs of the kitchen in its original state have survived, due to its limited dimension, it is to be assumed that a Frankfurt kitchen was installed. In later projects Scharoun continuously used the compact built-in model of a kitchen. The original floor plan also shows that a hatch or passageway to the dining area, which later maybe got rebuild.
02 Living space

The east-west oriented living room is illuminated from the flower window as well as from the balcony. The "durchgesteckte Zimmer" replaced the classic corridor supply. The room was originally divided into dining and living area, with the dining area located directly in front of the flower window.
03 Bathroom

The original floor plan shows that Scharoun planned the bathroom including the bathtub. What seems normal today was a rare luxury in 1930, which was only made possible by the local block heating station (Blockheizkraftwerk) supplying the house. Due to the central heat supply, the previously standard charcoal stove becomes obsolete.
04 Children's room / Archive

The room labeled as "Kammer" in the original floor plan, must have been used as a children's room in most cases. By today's standards, 12 square meters for a children's room are rather scarce, but in co-use with the spacious living area, the concept offers adequate individual space for every family member.
05 Bedroom

The spacious bedroom has direct access to the loggia. The window front offers a straight view of the Jungfernheideweg and the small park area in front of the building designed by landscape architect Leberecht Migge.
06 Flower window

The generous flower window connects the green courtyard – the outer – with the interior zone of the apartment. Scharoun's use of the flower window was not only based on an aesthetic consideration, but also increased a quality for the apartment in terms of both energy and room climate.
07 Loggia

The enclosed loggia is accessible from both the living room and the bedroom, thus extending the living area.
Grundriss des Apartments, 1930


The project space SCHARAUN was founded in August 2017 by visual artist Jaro Straub as an interdisciplinary exhibition space for art and architecture in Berlin-Siemensstadt and has been under his artistic direction ever since.

The exhibition space is located in a 1930s housing complex designed by architect Hans Scharoun for workers of the surrounding Siemens factories. Scharoun himself lived and worked in an apartment in the building from 1930 to 1960. From the balcony of the former apartment, there is an immediate view of Scharoun's significant Panzerkreuzer building. The special location of the site gives visitors the rare opportunity to visit one of Scharoun's estate apartments in virtually unaltered original condition.

The housing estate with its residential ensembles from Gropius to Scharoun has been recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 as part of the Ring Settlement. The immediate vicinity of SCHARAUN with its innovative architecture between North Charlottenburg and Spandau has a model character for progressive housing of the 20s-50s and is considered one of the most important addresses for "Neues Bauen" in Berlin.
Berlin-Siemensstadt and its environs is changing rapidly since Siemens announced together with the Berlin Senate in November 2018 a new development of a Siemens' future campus which is currently under construction as Siemensstadt Square (until 2030).

Since 2017, exhibitions, talks, performances and projects with a thematic focus have been held at SCHARAUN at regular intervals. The 2018 exhibitions were part of a larger network that ranged from the 2018 Project Space Festival to the 2018 Open Monument Day to a special event in conjunction with the "Gehry Scharoun" exhibition at the Max Lieberman Haus on Pariser Platz. In 2019, DXIX/Projects from Los Angeles was a guest at Scharaun with the exhibition MICROLOGIES as part of the Berlin-L.A. Connect festival. The exhibition MICROLOGIES was hosted in July 2022 by Irenic Projects in Pasadena, Los Angeles as the second part of the Project Space Festival B-LA Connect.
From 2020-2021 SCHARAUN initiated two online film programs together with guests curator Olaf Stüber called KINO SIEMENSSTADT. These online programs were screened during the two pandemic lockdowns with a special focus on the city and architecture in 2020 and the complex of labour in 2021.

Blick in das Wohnzimmer


The large housing estate with rental apartments for up to 5,000 people was realized between 1929 and 1931 as social housing for worker's families by various architects, including Walter Gropius and Hugo Häring. The planning was led by the city's building councilor Martin Wagner, while Scharoun drew up the overall urban development plan. The decision to build in rows, however, was a collective one. In the southern part of the settlement, opposite the Siemens factory, Scharoun realized three rows of buildings around a funnel-shaped square and also moved into an apartment there himself.

Because of the ship motifs, one of the building blocks was later nicknamed "Panzerkreuzer." The ship-like character is suggested not only by the form and detailing, but also by the membranous character of the outer wall, since the wall appears as an extremely thin skin at the balconies, which extend with curves, and the crowning "command bridge". The type of apartment occupied by Scharoun himself is characterized by a double-sided living space. Sunlight enters through a box-like flower window in the morning and through a loggia in the evening.

The heavily greened development was conceived as a counter-model to the typical Berlin perimeter block development with side wings, cross buildings and backyards. "Instead, street, house and garden should stand side by side on an equal footing, each independent, one supporting the other. So: instead of street and streetscape, park-like green landscape," Scharoun argued, demanding that "house be able to assert itself against landscape and landscape against house." These considerations later culminated in his concept of the "cityscape" as an antithesis to the historic urban layout.

Aus »Hans Scharoun, Bauten und Projekte«
Carsten Krohn, Birkhäuser 2018


Jaro Straub is a visual artist and works in the fields of photography, installation and architecture. Since 2017 he has been artistic director of the project space SCHARAUN in Berlin-Siemensstadt with regular exhibitions on art and architecture.

Straub studied art history and philosophy at the Sorbonne Paris. From 1997 to 2002 he studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Renee Green (1999) and at the University of Fine Arts Berlin (UdK). He graduated from the UdK Berlin as Katharina Sieverding master student (2002). In 1999 he was Co-organizer of the series Kunst/Kino with Gregor Stemmrich at the UdK Berlin/Interflugs and Artist-in-Residence at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Los Angeles from 2002 to 2003.

From 2008 to 2011 he was involved with the curatorial collective Komplot from Brussels, resulting in exhibitions at Subdivision Hamburg, Kunsthalle Ystad and Outpost Los Angeles, among others. In 2009 he founded the apartment gallery Gerichtstrasse 52a in Berlin-Wedding and operated it together with Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez until 2012. Jaro Straub is the initiator of the exhibition series Verschollene (collages by Hannah Höch) together with Martin G. Schmid at Scharaun (2018), at Shedhalle Zurich (2019), the MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen (2019/20) and the Kunstverein Pforzheim (2021).