Highlights of Berlin’s ever-changing skyline.

Abandoned Berlin
Abandoned Berlin

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Berlin is a city of development at the moment, but it is still marked by it’s emptiness. Whilst new builds and projects aim to fill some of the voids left by the last century and cater to the growing number of residents, the idiosyncratic nature of the city can be found in the buildings that stubbornly persist, dormant and abandoned. 

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50th anniversary of Gropiusstadt
50th anniversary of Gropiusstadt

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius’s Berlin legacy stretches far across the city. For a wander through the principles governing his design aesthetic, head to the south of Berlin for Gropiusstadt, a housing estate in the city’s Neukölln area.

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Berlin Modernist Housing Estates
Berlin Modernist Housing Estates

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Berlin's Unesco heritage sites include the obvious crowd pleasers Museum Island and various palaces, but also a scattered group of less gaudy jewels: the Modernism Housing Estates. Located outside the city center (which spared their destruction in WWII), they're worth the trip, and not just for urban planning buffs. The six subsidized housing estates (Siedlungen) were designed by Bruno Taut, Martin Wagner and Walter Gropius between 1910 and 1933, and testify to Berlin's innovative housing policies, especially during the über-progressive Weimar Republic.

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Bauhaus Archive: Villa Katsura
Bauhaus Archive: Villa Katsura

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius described Kyoto’s Katsura Imperial Villa, built for the emperor in the early 17th century, as a paragon of architecture. A new exhibition at the Berlin Bauhaus Archive reinforces how much the Bauhaus architects were influenced by Japan's clean lines and elegant simplicity.

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Ticket B Architecture Tours
Ticket B Architecture Tours

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ticket B Architecture tours are a boon for architecture buffs. Discover Berlin with the experts, on tours through the Parliamentary District, Potsdamer Platz, Embassies, Art Spaces in Berlin, and Sustainable Architecture in Mitte (and many more). Their newest tour, of Museum Island, shows you an insider's view of the restoration of the Museum Island according to David Chipperfield’s master plan, currently Berlin’s largest inner city project.

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Landhaus Lemke
Landhaus Lemke

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Landhaus Lemke was Mies van der Rohe's last house built in Germany before he went into exile in 1938. This small, simple brick house certainly is a confirmation of van der Rohe's statement that "architecture begins if two bricks are carefully assembled.“

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Matthew on TV: Berlin after the wall
Matthew on TV: Berlin after the wall

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

CNN recently asked Matthew Griffin, one of the architects and owners of Minilofts (along with his wife, Britta Jürgens), to share his local architecture expertise.

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Nordic Embassies
Nordic Embassies

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Embassies are among Berlin’s modern architectural highlights, as the city suddenly found itself the capital of a reunified Germany after the fall of the Wall. The Nordic Embassies complex – comprising the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in one connected structure, completed in 1999 – is particularly enticing.

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Jewish Museum
Jewish Museum

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Jewish Museum, a Berlin architectural highlight designed by Daniel Liebeskind, covers two millenia of Jewish history in a stunning zig-zag of a building.

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