50 years Mozartsiedlung: The residential complex on the S-Bahn line
Created: 12/28/2022, 4:00 p.m
By: Stefan Weinzierl
Between the two blocks of flats is the large courtyard where many children used to play.
© Stefan Weinzierl
The Mozart settlement on the S-Bahn line in Unterhaching is an impressive complex.
It was completed 50 years ago.
– A white wall broken only by black towers that soar impressively into the sky and many small windows with orange colored frames.
This is how you might imagine a futuristic fortress: Not everyone may find the residential complex between the S-Bahn line and Fasanenstraße beautiful because it borders on Mozartstraße in the north.
She is always an eye-catcher.
The settlement with over 300 apartments is 50 years old this year.
In 1972 the main complex on the railway line was completed.
"When we moved in, the elevator wasn't even operational," recalls a former resident.
"We had to lug everything from the moving boxes to the furniture up the stairs."
Two large building complexes
The housing estate, which consists of two large building complexes, was built by the property development company DEBA, which was founded in the 1960s.
First, the smaller building, located directly on Fasanenstraße, which differs significantly from the second building complex visually with its yellow window frames and without the imposing black elevator towers, was completed.
This was followed by the approximately 200 meter long, massive structure with some eight-story apartment buildings in the east of the area.
In 1974, this block of flats was even expanded to include a "side arm" with additional apartments and a small local supply center.
Unobstructed view of the block of houses: When the Mozartsiedlung was built in the early 1970s, there were no buildings to the east of the railway tracks.
© DEBA consulting and management company mbH
Thomas Jäger lived there for many years.
The chairman of the Unterhaching town twinning group and former FDP local councilor moved from Schwabing to Unterhaching with his pregnant wife in 1974.
Actually, he would have liked to stay in the state capital, he says, but because his parents-in-law lived nearby, he finally gave in to his wife's wish.
Fantastic view of the mountains
Ultimately, the decision was a stroke of luck.
"We were enthusiastic about the system," says Jäger - even though a building door replaced the real apartment door when we moved in and the stairwell had no railing.
The four-room apartment with the seven-metre-long balcony, which, according to Jäger, offers a “fantastic view of the mountains”, fitted in perfectly with the young family's ideas.
"In the large courtyard between the blocks of flats, with a playground and lots of green space, we let our children play without worrying," says Jäger.
A connection was also quickly found with the neighbors.
"Most of them also had children."
The elevator towers with the black building material panels immediately catch the eye.
© Stefan Weinzierl
The facility was also attractive due to its proximity to the S-Bahn station, the party rooms in the basement and the integrated row of shops.
There was initially a corner shop where you could get fruit, vegetables or sausages and a flower shop.
A pub was also open for many years.
"The Hofpfisterei was there for a long time, and the cleaning wasn't bad either," says Jäger.
It is now no longer possible to buy groceries in the shops.
There is now an electrician, a specialist shop for waterbeds and a property management company.
A lot has changed
The facility itself has also changed a lot over the years.
The black Eternit panels were replaced years ago with harmless material, the residential buildings are now connected to geothermal energy, and the roof and balconies have been renovated.
Nevertheless, some residents complain about the poor building fabric, and a few also about the social decline caused by people moving to the settlement.
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Has felt comfortable here for 16 years: Thomas Jäger in front of his former home in the Mozartsiedlung.
© Stefan Weinzierl
What the viewer quickly notices: The few playgrounds that still exist are completely outdated - and orphaned.
"I think it's a bit extinct there now," says Jäger.
He considers the settlement to be outdated: Compared to other residential complexes, many older people live here, and there are hardly any young families.
But Jäger can't say for sure.
He himself moved with his family in 2000 – a few hundred meters further to his parents-in-law's house.
And he still misses the large settlement with the manageable apartment a bit: "Now I'm the servant of the house."