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The words „Die Berliner Mischung“ describe a mixture of different people with different professions and academic grade, from worker to the entrepreneur, from merchant to the professor living in one urban space. Ideally their abilities are needed by the other ones. It is definitely not about being the most beautiful or hip one. That is going to be lost these days. But I don’t want to talk about this, it is more an analogy to the architectural diversity in Berlin. Also this is currently going to be lost, but in Mitte it seems to last for long time. Berlin is beautiful in many areas which happen to be homogeneous at the same time. In Mitte, there are areas of different character. Mitte is beautiful in many areas, but there are exceptionally ugly places neighboring. It is the history of Berlin you can see here. there is a gorgeous neo-barock palace beneath a Nazi-building which is adjacent to a GDR „Plattenbau“-building; buildings which could have been built in the 70s in the west are adjacent to new economy buildings from this millennium. All this is, and also incredible factory buildings from around 1900 you can see in an hours walk. Enjoy the photos of a diversified day which does not show beauty by standards, but is impressive in its own way. I have enjoyed highly this discovery photo tour or photo walk.
It starts all here, the most iconic historical, political building in Berlin. It has been built at the end of the 19th century and is one of the most famous examples of neo-renaissance architecture. There has been some discussion 1991, if it was acceptable to use the Reichstag with its architecture from the times of Kaiser Wilhelm and its historical meaning for the Nazi-regime for a democratic parliament. The cupola was built to make it appear lighter and more transparent.
The former Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (Ministry for Propaganda) in Mauerstraße is one of the few still existing buildings of Nazi-Architecture. In this and next few pictures one can see the formal simplicity and the repetition of its elements. It was meant to make the individual feel small and meaningless.
Backside of the ministry of propaganda. To me the simple Nazi architecture is boring.
The Kleisthaus has its name because famous german writer Heinrich von Kleist lived in the former building that was there until 1811. In 1912 this building which adheres to the nazi-bulding shown in the pics above has been constructed. It is an example of neoclassicism.
Around Zietenplatz is an ensemble of multiple architecture styles. The place itself has been reconstructed in 2007. Even though every building is from a different era one finds himself not feeling bad on this place. It an atmosphere of its own assembled from neobarock to the architecture of the current decade in the background which can be identified as the mall of Berlin.
It looks nice now, on the one side.
Turn around and you see this.
GDR-Architecture. While the Fernsehturm and the Bauhaus-influenced Karl-Marx-Allee are most famous and quite attractive examples of GDR architecture this is an example for the standardized GDR-Plattenbau Siedlung. Well, not exactly, because these buildings in Wilhelmstraße have been constructed for privileged people of the leaders of the GDR. Imagine buildings for common people.
These could also be modern buildings of the 70s in the west.
The next few pictures show another example of nazi-architecture. Today it hosts the Federal Ministry of Finance. Historically it has been the Reichsluftfahrtministerium which translates to Ministry of Aviation. Again it contains a multiplicity of simple elements making the individual feeling small.
You might wonder why this pic here twice? Well a little detail is different. The nazi-architecture is intended to have a psychological effect. The modern functional ticket machine is intended to earning money.
An immensely interesting historic industrial building is the E-Werk. It has been built between 1926 and 1928 and has been used as an electrical substation. After the fall of the wall there has been a techno club. It is still an event location and while passing there where some TV or movie shooting programme.
Leaving the E-Werk to the right there is wonderful place, the Bethlehemkirchplatz. It is surrounded by historical buildings, by modern buildings and there is some artwork on it. Good restaurants are found there.
The car is of the same style as the house.
Today’s urban life, Concrete, Graffiti and skateboard.
This is modernized GDR-Architecture. Uniform multistory houses and a tarmac desert. While not being beautiful, an interesting place (if you have already seen more of Berlin).
And it deserves the Berlin Subway to be shown here. Old and new train. The old one being highly atmospheric.
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