Berlin in 66 Structures
As Google reminded us 100th anniversary of Bauhaus with its doodle, I decided to dig through my archive to find the photos I took in Berlin years ago. The quality of the photos was shouting out that it has been almost 9 years already. But this did not stop me to post a summary list of the structures and spaces I’ve seen on that journey.
You will see places & things with a wide range of scales from hand sized to urban touched. Although it is a city rebuild after the war, you will visit some structures which are over 100 years old as well. Berlin is a great city for architecture oriented people and here you will check some samples by the leaders of this field: such as Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, 3XN, Walter Gropius, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and more.
I hope you will enjoy this quick list and let me know the names of the places, which I could not remember after those years. / Photos from the autumn of 2010.
Google’ın doodle ile Bauhaus’un 100ncü yılını hatırlattığı şu günlerde, ben de seneler evvel çektiğim Berlin fotolarını arşivden bulup çıkarmaya karar verdim. Fotoların kalitesi, üzerinden neredeyse 9 sene geçtiğini adeta haykırıyordu. Ama bu gene de, o gezide gördüğüm yapı ve mekânların bir listesini yayınlamaktan beni alıkoymadı.
Burada el boyutundan kentsel ölçeğe kadar uzanan bir genişlikte yerler ve nesneler göreceksiniz. Bu şehir savaş sonrası yenilenen bir şehir olsa da, yaşı 100’ü aşkın yapıları da ziyaret edeceksiniz. Berlin mimari severler için harika bir yer, öyle ki bu albümde bu alanın öncülerinden Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, 3XN, Walter Gropius, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield ve daha fazla isimle karşılaşacaksınız.
Umarım bu kısa liste hoşunuza gider ve seneler sonra hatırlayamadığım bazı yerlerin isimlerini benimle paylaşırsınız. / Fotolar 2010 güzünden.
No.1 Let's start with the Shell Haus by Emil Fahrenkamp, which opened in 1932.
No.2 St. Matthäus Church was built in 1844-1846.
No.3 Neue National Galerie by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Young Alper fooling around the column.
No.4 The dome of the Sony Center by Murphy-Jahn.
No.5 The Orchestra Academy and Sony Center
No.6 Philharmonic Hall by Hans Scharoun. This building and its acoustics became a model for many others after it was built in 1963. (and yes, I managed to catch a construction work there too!)
But also was lucky to listen the orchestra. Simon Rattle was at the helm.
No.7 Potsdamer Platz is a public square, counts as the heart of the city by many people.
Corners of the Potsdamer Platz.
No.8 Beisheim Center on the left and no.9 Delbruck Haus by Hans Kollhoff.
No.10 Kollhoff-Tower by Hans Kollhoff.
No.11 Potsdamer Platz Office and Commercial Building by Renzo Piano.
No.12 Bahn Tower by Murphy-Jahn, the tower of the Sony Center.
No.13 Park Kolonnaden is a building complex at Potsdamer Platz.
No.14 An office complex at Potsdamer Platz.
No.15 Debis Haus by Renzo Piano serves as the headquarter of Daimler-Benz.
No.16 Boulevard of the Stars is Berlin’s own hall of the fame. These are stars from there.
And young Alper pretending that he is being announced by Wim Wenders. (yeah, keep dreaming)
No.17 Theater am Potsdamer Platz
No. 18 Of course the Berlin Wall
Becoming the Wall
No.19 Science Center Medizintechnik by Gnadinger Architects and no.20 The Embassy of USA
No.21 Akademie der Kunste by Behnisch Architects.
No.22 An old building, which I can’t remember the name.
No.23 Brandenburger Tor
No.24 The Representation Building of Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost of the sixteen states of Germany.
No.25 Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe by Peter Eisenman.
No.26 Reichstag building. I have photo of the dome by Norman Foster too, but the quality (of the photo) is awful.
No.27 A yard. I don’t remember the location but I like such small surprises of the city.
No.28 Mosse Haus by Cremer&Wolffenstein. But after damaged in WWI architect Eric Mendelsohn grafted a new corner onto the existing structure.
No.29 Checkpoint Charlie. Maybe not interesting as a single structure but the perception as an icon can be discussed.
No.30 Topography of Terror Documentation by Heinle, Wischer and Partners.
No.31 StresemannStrasse Residential by Zaha Hadid is clad with bronze.
Bonus: A Beer Bike. Maybe we can count this one as a structure too. Look, it even has a canopy!
No.32 Altes Stadthaus (old townhouse) and no.33 an observation tower.
No.34 Lennestrasse Residential and Office building by Petzinka Pink Architects.
No.35 Parkside Apartments by David Chipperfield Architects.
No.36 Marie Elisabeth Lüders Haus and Paul Löbe Haus (by Stephan Braunfels) were my favorite buildings on this trip.
Beautiful, strong, yet simple shapes.
No.37 Chapel of Reconciliation by Reitermann and Sassenroth is located on the land where the Protestant Reconciliation Church used to stand from 1894 until it was blown up in 1985.
No.38 TV Tower and St. Marien Church.
No.39 A housing block, of which I can’t remember the location.
No.40 Café Bravo by artist Dan Graham and architect Johanne Nalbach is located in the corner of the courtyard of KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
No.41 Friedrichswerder Church by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
Bonus: Fonts underground
No.42 Liebknecht Bridge (Liebknechtbrücke)
No.43 An empty green field can be a structure, where people would like to fill with their hearts in.
No.44 Altes Museum was built between 1823 and 1830 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
No.45 Berliner Dom.
No.46 Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind.
No.47 Jungfernbrücke (the Virgin Bridge) is the oldest surviving bridge in the city.
No.48 The Embassy of Netherland by Rem Koolhaas.
No.49 These are Stolperstein (means stumbling stone) a project by Gunter Demnig for the victims of Nazism. First stone took place in 1994 in Cologne (Köln) and by 2010 they were more than 20’000 in more than 500 cities (not only in Germany).
I count them as a whole structure, getting bigger in our memories.
No.50 An Office building for the Sozialverband Deutschland by Léon Wohlhage Wernik Architects.
No.51 Stiftung Neue Synagoge
No.52 A bridge, of which I couldn’t remember the name. I like how it politely recesses.
Bonus: Street fonts.
No.53 NRW State Representation by Petzinka Pink Architects.
No.54 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
No.55 Another surprise yard. Sometimes all you need is to ‘step down’.
No.56 Bauhaus Archive by Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. It was planned in 1964 for Darmstadt but built in 1976-79 in modified form in Berlin.
No.57 Postfuhramt, constructed in the 19th century as a distribution depot and stables for Berlin's horse-drawn postal wagons. Currently it is being used as an exhibition center by a gallery.
No.58 An office building with brick facade, though I don’t remember the name.
No.59 SpreeDreieck, an Office building by the river.
Bonus: A reproach on the streets of Berlin: “I know you have no idea about art” (and an ‘artistic’ cover on a facade of a building)
No.60 The public garden of the Friedrich Elbert Foundation.
No.61 Bundeswehr Cenotaph, a memorial commemorates the servicemen of the Bundeswehr.
No. 62 The Embassy of Malaysia.
No.63 The Embassy of Mexico by Teodoro Gonzalez De Leon and Francisco Serrano Cacho.
No.64 I am not tired of saying that I love such surprises in the city. A simple pass and a simple solution by raising the corner just with a step.
No.65 Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) by GMP Architects.
Bonus: Sometimes you just need an empty square to gather around, and sometimes just couple of small bottles.
No.66 Embassies of the Nordic Countries by Berger+Parkkinen, 3XN, PK Ark., Snohetta, Viiva Ark., Wingardh Ark. The complex includes five Nordic countries: Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
I know there are a lot to cover in Berlin, but I visited all these places and some more of them in just 4 days. When I will find chance to go to Berlin again, I will visit some of them again for sure.
Write me your favorite places in Berlin so I can add to my future list.
Let’s talk about architecture!