As part of Hamburg’s annual Heritage Days from 10 to 12 September 2021, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) invites the public to make a virtual visit to its historic home and to learn more about its original owner, the shipping magnate Albert Ballin.
Built in 1908 by architects Lundt & Kallmorgen, the imposing villa provided Ballin with a prestigious setting for the visits of high-ranking guests, among them Kaiser Wilhelm II. With its shell limestone and sandstone façade articulated by columns, the villa combines elements of reform architecture with motifs of classicist country-house architecture.
While today, Ballin is mainly remembered as a highly successful entrepreneur, he was also a visionary and a diplomatic mediator on the national and international political stage, trying his best, for example, to prevent the outbreak of the First World War.
The villa was hence once a place for international exchange back in Ballin’s day and remains so today. Since 1978 it has been home to the UIL, one of UNESCO’s eight education institutes worldwide, which promotes lifelong learning for all.
Virtual tour of the Ballin Villa with David Atchoarena, UIL Director
Hamburg Open Heritage Days