Donnerstag, 30. April 2009

Haus des Lehrers by Hermann Henselmann

the building was raised between 1962 and '64 at Alexanderplatz together with the BCC Congress Hall and its beautiful interior..
Hermann Henselmann was THE Architect of the DDR (plans for the Fernsehturm, Stalinallee..)
I particularly like the huge mosaic by Walter Womacka showing the perfect socialist life in bright colours.
Haus des Lehrers Berlin

Haus des Lehrers Berlin

Haus des Lehrers Berlin

Haus des Lehrers Berlin

Haus des Lehrers Berlin

Haus des Lehrers Berlin

Haus des Lehrers Berlin

Mittwoch, 29. April 2009

Lyon-Satolas Trainstation by Santiago Calatrava

discovered this beauty accidentially when Easyjet was still flying Berlin-Lyon, which will hopefully be the case again soon so i can get into my mountains more easily.
Anyway, this TGV trainstation, finished in 1994, is attached to St Exupéry Airport, so if you are there, visit, it's really beautiful!


lyon saint exupéry 2

lyon saint exupéry 4

lyon saint exupéry 5

lyon saint exupéry 6

lyon saint exupéry 7


Sonntag, 26. April 2009

Bruno + Max Taut: Haus des Deutschen Verkehrsbundes, Warenhaus der Konsumgenossenschaft (Max-Taut-Haus)

Haus des Deutschen Verkehrsbundes
by Bruno and Max Taut, 1927-1930. Engelbecken, between Mitte and Kreuzberg.
nearby, going down the "Luisenstädtischer Kanal" to Oranienplatz is the former "Warenhaus der Konsumgenossenschaft", built between 1930-33 by Max Taut and Franz Hoffmann
Max-Taut-Haus / Warenhaus der Konsumgenossenschaft
Bruno and Max Taut were important personalities of Berlin's inbetween-wars-architecture. The elder one, Bruno, was an important motor for several "Siedlungen" and founded the artistic network „Die gläserne Kette“, (which later became "the Ring"), publishing a Revue and exchanging thoughts with the major contemporary architects like Gropius, Scharoun, brothers Luckhardt.. . Max is best known for his bureau buildings.

Donnerstag, 23. April 2009

Die Weisse Stadt Reinickendorf

Siedlung from the late 1920s, planned by Martin Wagner (who also planned Siemensstadt, Hufeisensiedlung and Onkel-Tom-Siedlung, amongst other major projects of the 1920s), built by Bruno Ahrends, Wilhelm Büning und Otto Rudolf Salvisberg.
My favourite section is the one by Ahrends:
"Weisse Stadt Berlin" "Bruno Ahrends"

"Weisse Stadt Berlin" "Bruno Ahrends"

"Weisse Stadt Berlin" "Bruno Ahrends"

Mittwoch, 22. April 2009

Sonntag, 19. April 2009

Amerika Gedenkbibliothek

in Kreuzberg, Hallesches Tor. A present from America to Germany in 1954 after having endured the soviet blocade. Conceived by german and american architects, amongst others Fritz Bornemann. Succesfully brought back the Modern Style, now called International Style, after years of rejection by the Nazis.
Amerika Gedenkbibliothek 3

Amerika Gedenkbibliothek 2

Amerika Gedenkbibliothek 1

Donnerstag, 16. April 2009

Collegium Hungaricum

Nice Contemporary Architecture (2007) in neo-Bauhaus style by Prof. Péter P. Schweger. Dorotheenstrasse, near Unter den Linden.
Collegium Hungaricum I

Collegium Hungaricum II

Dienstag, 14. April 2009

Futuro 13

Futuristic Transportable House, Nalepastrasse. These houses were built between 1968 and 1973 by Matti Suuronen.
Took the picture from the other side of the Spree. It is on a private property (Rundfunkgelände?) and I couldn't get in. So if anyone has a hint how to get close to this beauty, please let me know!