Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee

Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee
Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee
Colomierstraße 3
14109 Berlin

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At the age of 62, Max Liebermann decided to acquire a summer residence in what was then the most exclusive villa district of Berlin. In 1909, he purchased one of the last available waterfront plots on Lake Wannsee, in the villa colony of Alsen. It was a long stretch of land, covering around 7,000 square metres, located at Seestraße 45, today Colomierstraße 3. Liebermann commissioned Paul Otto Baumgarten (1873–1946), a student of Alfred Messel, with building the house. Baumgarten had already built the neighbouring Villa Hamspohn in 1906 and now set about making Liebermann’s visions for his villa a reality. Special features in the design of the Liebermann villa include the interplay between stucco surfaces and light sandstone and shell limestone elements. The unpretentious façade accentuates the private character of the summer residence. At the front of the house, a central path leads through the cottage garden and perennial garden, past the gardener’s cottage and over the high lime hedge to the west façade of the villa. …