Karl Marx Hof | four ceramic sculptures by Josef Riedl: physicalculture | liberation | education | child welfare, the principles for an healthy, communal living in the sense of social democracy.
The Karl Marx Hof was built 1927-1930. 1382 apartments. Only 18.5% of the 156,000 m² are built (incl. laundromat, bath, kindergartens, a library, doctor offices, and business offices). The rest is play areas and gardens.
From 1925 to 1934, more than 60.000 new flats in so-called « Gemeindebau » were built. The tenants of the new flats were chosen on the basis of a ranking system in which persons with disabilities got extra points to be chosen earlier. Using public money to cover building costs allowed the rents for these flats to be kept very low: for a worker's household, rent took 4 percent of household income.