Mainz - post-war period & economic boom

'Free travel for free citizens', democratic transparency, spatial generosity, simple & clear elegance - these are just a few of the images anchored in the collective memory that mark the decades after the Second World War in Germany. The architectures and urban spaces that emerged during this period reflect the feeling of upswing and the dawning of a new era, as is the case in Mainz. 'The new Mainz' seeks its identity and at the same time describes its urban landscape in the spirit of the times - with places of remembrance, places for culture and faith, residential and administrative buildings.

Auf dieser Architekturführung begleiten Sie die lokalen Experten für die Mainzer Architekturgeschichte der Nachkriegszeit DIE BETONISTEN.

  • Format: Tour module, can only be booked within the "Architecture + Wine" format
  • duration: 4 Stunden Architekturführung inkl. // Pause (30 min)
  • Getting Around: on foot
  • Services: Architectural historian as guide, choice of meeting point, greeting at the meeting point, small 'Poisje' (Rhine-Hessian break with wine spritzer and coffee), further accompaniment on a vinotheque tour as part of "Architecture + Wine"
  • Languages: German, English, Italian
  • Group size: see "Architecture + Wine"
  • Price: see "Architecture + Wine"

Starting point: Jockel-Fuchs-Platz OR Ernst-Ludwig-Platz (Große Bleiche)

  • Town hall with Jockel-Fuchs-Platz & Brückenturm, Arne Jacobsen and Otto Weitling
  • Gutenberg Museum, Rainer Schell
  • Karstadt area and pavilions on Ludwigsstraße, Egon Hartmann / Gill-Walter architecture office
  • Old town renovation: Kirschgarten / Augustinerstraße

// Café OR wine bar

  • Memorial Church St. Christoph, City Planning Office Mainz / Heinz Hemrich (Fries)
  • Office building at Flachsmarktstrasse 13-17
  • Allianzhaus, Ludwig Goerz

Concept & execution:

- Initiative to convey post-war modernism in Mainz

Edgy, robust, clear - post-war modernism concrete considered.
We are DIE BETONISTEN (the concreteists) and we have the mediation Meenzer Sweets from the time of the often maligned second half of the 20th century written on the flags. As a group of young art scholars, we advocate architecture and urban planning in the post-war decades. Our mediation work is based on extraordinary actions, tours and multimedia campaigns with which we want to draw attention to the specific qualities, history and image of post-war architecture.

THE CONCRETE POWERS: Eva Authried, MA / Jonas Grahl, BA / Dr. Leonie Köhren / Jennifer Konrad, MA / Maximilian Kürten, MA / Leonie Matt, BA / Nastja Müller, BA / Julia Schmidt, MA / Katharina Seubert-Lange, BA / Karola Sperber, MA