Association "The Ring"

The Siemensstadt Large Housing Estate is often referred to as the "Ring Estate". All of its designing architects were members of The Ring, an association founded in 1926 that consisted of 20-odd architects from around Germany. Two years before, the group was founded as "The Ring of Ten" with as many Berlin architects, but its members decided to expand the group to include colleagues working outside Berlin. The common goal was the New Building style and a fresh design vocabulary, as is obvious on the Siemensstadt estate despite the different personal styles of its members. A counter-movement to The Ring called "The Block" eventually emerged, made up of conservatives and traditionalists whose positions were similarly unshakable.