Theme Week Berlin – Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt

13 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General

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© bilderbook.org

Alexanderplatz

The Alex to Berliners, a cattle market in the Middle Ages, a military parade square and an exercise ground for nearby barracks until the mid 19th century – Alexanderplatz is the square named to honour Alexander I, Tsar of Russia, on his visit to Berlin in 1805. It was here that Alfred Döblin took the pulse of the cosmopolitan metropolis portrayed in his 1929 novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz” filmed by Fassbinder for a TV series as a portrait of the bustling city in the 1920s before the imminent Nazi takeover. Fast forward to more recent times, one million people congregated here, on 4 November 1989 to demonstrate against the GDR regime shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was the largest anti-government demonstration in its history.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Galeries Lafayette

11 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General

© Stefan Jo Fuchs

© Stefan Jo Fuchs

It was as though a spaceship had landed in Berlin. The outside was entirely made of glass. Inside, elegant scarves were offered alongside typical French escargot. The Galeries Lafayette ushered in a new love for everything French in 1996.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Sony Center

10 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General

© Joaquin Casares

© Joaquin Casares

At Potsdamer Platz, the originally bustling heart of old Berlin, the Sony Center and the buildings in the surrounding brought the district back to life. Events, concerts, film premieres and lots more are great reasons to revisit and rediscover the Sony Center over and over again.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Quartier 206

9 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General

© ConKret

© ConKret

This is one of the most exclusive shopping locations in the city, with a phenomenal range of international designer fashions and couture. Quartier 206 sets luxury fashion against a background of world class architecture.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Hackesche Höfe

9 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, Theme Weeks

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© apartments-mitte.de

Today we start our theme weeks, during which each week a portrait architecture, places, and meeting points of another city. First, we are dedicated to the German, then the European cities. We start with Berlin, because nearly no other city stands for so much change, creativity, adaptability and new beginnings. Enjoy!   read more…

Frank Gehry buildings in the Media Harbour in Düsseldorf

8 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products

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© knut-wiarda.de

The “Art and Media Center Rhine Harbor” by Frank O. Gehry (California) is divided into three contrasting parts of buildings, designed and looks like a giant sculpture. Asymmetry dominates the building, the windows seems to jump out from the facade, the floor plans are uneven. By selecting different materials, each building has its own complex identity. As a connection between the three houses the material of the facade structure of the building in the middle reflects the two buildings in the north and south.   read more…

Miami Beach Art Deco District

7 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Design & Products, General, Miami

Breakwater © Gzzz/cc-by-sa-4.0

Breakwater © Gzzz/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Miami Beach Architectural District (sometimes called the Art Deco District) contains the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the United States. These vibrantly colored buildings represent an era when Miami Beach was heavily promoted and developed as a “tropical playground”. The district was one of the earliest U.S. National Register for Historical Places listings to recognize the importance of the architecture of this period.   read more…

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