02. May 2024

Hans Scharoun in Marl

A lecture by V.-Prof. Dr Alexandra Apfelbaum as part of the lecture series Baukultur in Marl


Alongside the Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium in Lünen, the school on Westfalenstraße in Marl (1964 - 1970) is one of the only two school buildings realised by architect Hans Scharoun. He developed the building for the then new Drewer-Süd housing estate according to the principles of organic architecture based on its internal requirements. The centre of the complex is the large assembly hall, which was built at the same time as Scharoun's famous Berlin Philharmonic Hall and is characterised by its outstanding acoustics. After being threatened with demolition, the school was preserved with the help of an initiative and was renovated between 2010 and 2015. The lecture is dedicated to the architect Scharoun and sheds light on his path to the Ruhr region and Marl and places this special school building in the context of his overall oeuvre and contemporary architecture.

V.-Prof. Dr Alexandra Apfelbaum is a freelance art and architectural historian. Since 2018, she has held the deputy professorship for the history and theory of architecture and the city at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She is also co-founder and chairwoman of the ruhrmoderne e.V. initiative. She specialises in research on the interfaces between architecture and art in the 20th century, with a focus on North Rhine-Westphalia and the post-war period. She has also curated and published numerous exhibitions and publications on architects and their work.

Baukultur in Marl is organised by the Skulpturenmuseum and the VHS in cooperation with the ruhrmoderne e.V. initiative. The event will take place at 7 pm at the insel VHS (Wiesenstraße 22, 45770 Marl) in room P1 and is free of charge - please register at 02365/50356699 or