Germany’s first official representation in France
As with its Italian counterpart, it was some time before Germany’s residence appeared at the Cité Internationale, as a result of the political climate both preceding and during the Second World War. Initial talks began in 1927. However, it was not until the fifties that the project became a reality, largely thanks to academics who came together to form a support committee. A donation agreement was signed in 1953 and Germany House was opened in 1956 at a ceremony attended by the incumbent French president, René Coty. This was Germany’s first official representation in France.
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Heinrich Heine House has become one of the leading Franco-German cultural centres in Paris. It has a library filled with some 20,000 books, 90% of which are German-language publications.
One of the most modern buildings of its time
August RUCKER, from the University of Munich, announced a competition to select the architect who would be given the contract to design Germany House. The jury unanimously voted in favour of a project by Johannes KRAHN, the man behind a number of the country’s public buildings and religious monuments. Mr KRAHN designed one of the most modern buildings of its time, featuring a mix of concrete, steel and glass.
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In 1967, the residence was renamed Heinrich Heine House, named after Germany’s celebrated 20th century writer and poet, whose work reflects the flourishing intellectual exchanges between France and Germany.