Built in 1924, the Colour Row Settlement is the only remaining example of the early work of the renowned German architect Hans Scharoun in former East Prussia.
It is a prototype of modern domestic architecture and an immediate forerunner of other pioneering social housing projects in Germany, such as the Siemensstadt in Berlin (classified by UNESCO in 2008), in which Scharoun was also involved.
Restoring the Colour Row is a technical and financial challenge which has to be tackled with (inter)national cooperation. Its renovation and the creation of a research centre could boost tourism and the local economy.
The settlement features 17 houses, of which 13 are in private hands and four are owned by the local municipality