Kurt Leucht, a Berlin-based architect, drew the original master plan for Stalinstadt (Eisenhüttenstadt’s original name until 1961) in 1950-51. His design followed the GDR’s Sechzehn Grundsätze des Städtebaus, a 1950 piece of legislation which mandated an official design style. As such, the city follows a vaguely radial design scheme. Its facades draw on broad references from both classical architecture and German history and mythology, albeit from sources deemed appropriate to the cultivation of a socialist identity. Leucht, Kurt W. Die Erste New Stadt in der DDR. Berlin: VEB Verlag Technik, 1957.