April 2018: 150 Years since the Birth of Peter Behrens
April 2018: 150 Years since the Birth of Peter Behrens.
Peter Behrens (14 April 1868 – 27 February 1940), German architect and designer.
He was a founder of modern objective industrial architecture and modern industrial design and leading member of the modernist movement, such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, worked for him in earlier stages of their careers.
Later in life, Behrens became associated with Hitler's urbanistic dreams for Berlin with the commission for the new headquarters of the AEG on Albert Speer's famous planned north-south axis. Speer reported that his selection of Behrens for this commission was rejected by the powerful Alfred Rosenberg, but that his decision was supported by Hitler who admired Behrens's Saint Petersburg Embassy.