BERLIN ARCHITECTURE GUIDE

House of World Cultures

John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Hugh Stubbins

1957

Transit:  Bundestag (U55)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.hkw.de/de/index.php

 

The curved roof is a striking resemblance to wings a design concept to represent the promise that there would be no restrictions on the freedom of intellectual work for the future of Berlin.

Nordic Embassies

(Nordische Botschaften)

Rauchstaße 1

Alfred Berger & Tina Parkkinen Architects,

Joachim Pysall, Peter Stahrenberg

1999

Transit:  Zoologischer Garten (U2, U9)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.nordicembassies.org

 

This five national embassy, representing Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are remarkably designed and can be accessed by the public.

Reichstag

 

Platz der Republik 1

Norman Foster & Partners

1999

Transit:  Bundestag (U55)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

www.bundestag.de

 

There is an architecture tour available and this is a building not to be missed, the dome is impressive.

Fire and Police Station

 

Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 2

Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

2004

Transit:  Bundestag (U55)

Access:  No Access

 

 

www.sauerbruchhutton.de/images/fire_and_policestation_en.pdf

 

An extension of an existing 19th century building, the glass singles transition from red to greens, the colours of Germany’s fire brigades and police.

Concilliation Chapel

(Kapelle der Versöhnung)

Bernaur Staße 4

Rudolf Reitermann, Peter Sassenroth, Martin Rauch

2000

Transit:  Bernauer Strasse (U8)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.kapelle-versoehnung.de/bin/englisch/index

 

The exterior wooden columns contains within it an inner oval made of pressed materials from the previous church which survived the war but was destroyed in 1985 by the Berlin Democratic Republic to restore order.

Dutch Embassy

(Niederlandische Botschaft)

Klosterstraße 50

Rem Koolhaas - Office for Metropolitian Architecture (OMA)

2002

Transit:  Klosterstraße (U2)

Access:  No access

 

 

Designed as a series of trajectories, the corridors spiral through the building directing your attention to monuments in the city skyline.  Moving through the interior is like a tour of Berlin.

Berlin Wall Documentation Center

Bernauer Strasse 111

architects Hapke/Zerr/Nieländer

2003

Transit:  Bernauer Strasse (U8)

Access:  Free, Hours of Operation

 

 

www.berlin.de/mauer/museen/dokumentationszentrum/index.en.html

 

The observation tower allows visitors to look out over a part of the Berlin wall and the visitor’s centre includes a digital archive with original documents, audio stations and other historical exhibits.

Staatsbibliothek

Potsdamer Strasse 33

Hans Sharoun and Edgar Wisniewski

1978

Access:  Hours of Operation

Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)

 

http://staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/en/

 

A wonderful layering of space, lots of natural light and open study spaces makes working in this library pleasant and uplifting.  The interesting spatial relationships make this a great library case study.

 

 

 

German Historical Museum

Unter den Linden 2

I.M. Pei

2003

Transit:  Friedrichstraße (U6)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

http://www.dhm.de/ENGLISH/

 

The spiral staircase dominates the façade of this museums expansion which took four years to complete.

Memorial to Murdered Jews of Europe

Cora-Berliner-Straße 1

Peter Eisenman

2005

Transit:  Brandenburger Tor

          (S1, S2, S25, U55)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.stiftung-denkmal.de/en/

 

Made of 2711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid over a sloping site creates a feeling of uneasiness and confusion.  Tours available.

Unité d'Habitation Berlin

 

Flatowallee 16

Le Corbusier

1957

Transit:  Olympiastadion (S9, S75)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

The concept formed the basis of several housing developments designed by him throughout Europe with this name.

New National Gallery

(Neue Nationalgalerie)

Potsdamer Straße 50

Mies van der Rohe

1968

Kulturforum

Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/index

 

An impressive large steel roof floats on glass walls is the dominant architectural feature however the majority of the museum and its exciting collection is contained within the lower level.

Philharmonie

Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1

Hans Sharoun

1963

Kulturforum

Access:

Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)

 

www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/

 

The asymmetrical and tent like, with the main concert hall in the shape of a pentagon with seats surrounding it on all sides. The Philharmonie is highly regarded for the quality of its acoustics.

Tempodrom & Liquidrom

Möckernstraße 10

Doris Coopers and Stephan Schütz

2002

Transit:   Anhalter Bahnhof (S1, S2, S25)

Access:  No Access

 

www.tempodrom.de/englisch.html

 

The tent-like roof is made of concrete can be appreciated from the exterior.  While you are there take advantage at a day at the spa take a look at the Liquidrom.

Sony Center

 

Potsdamer Straße 4

Helmut Jahn

2000

Transit:  Potsdamer Platz (U2, S1, S2, S25)

Access:  Open

 

www.sonycenter.de/en/

 

Sony Center contains a mix of shops, restaurants, a conference centre, hotel rooms and condominiums, offices, art and film museums, an IMAX theater and cinemas, a small version of Legoland and of course the "Sony Style" store.

DZ Bank

 

Pariser Platz 3

Frank Gehry

1999

Transit:  Brandenburger Tor (S1, S2, S25, U55)

Access:  No access

 

 

You can try and get into the lobby to take a look at the impressive interior, I definitely recommend looking at this building’s façade on Behrenstabe as well.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Gedachtniskirche)

Breitschedplatz

Egon Eiermann

1963

Transit:  Kurfürstendamm (U1, U9)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.gedaechtniskirche-berlin.de

 

The octagonal shape is inspired by the spire of the old church.  The walls are made of concrete and glass mosaics creating a coloured light on the interior which should not be missed. Tours are available.

St. Canisius Church

Witzlebenstraße 30

Büttner, Neumann & Braun

2003

Transit:  Sophie-Charlotte-Platz (U2)

Access:  Hours

 

www.st.canisius-berlin.de/

 

A surprising and unusual architectural form for a church – the interior must be seen, it is pure and clean, this is a very well detailed and beautiful, don’t miss the small prayer room.

St. Thomas von Aquin

(Katholische Akademie)

Hannoversche Staße 5

Thomas Höger, Sarah Hare, Helmut Rhode, Friedel Kellermann, Han-Günter Wawrowsky

2000

Transit:  Oranienburger Tor (U6)

Access:  No Access

 

www.katholische-akademie-berlin.de

 

The natural light seeping in through the roof coats the walls and surfaces and the materials and lights were carefully chosen to highlight it.

AEG Turbine Factory

Huttenstraße 12

Peter Behrens

1913

Transit:  Beusselstraße (S41, S42)

Access:  No access

 

www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/

 

Constructed of steel, concrete and slopped glass, this building it was an expression of the modern movement and modern materials of its time.

Bauhaus Archiv-Museum

Klingelhoferstr. 14

Walter Gropius

1979

Transit:  Nollendorfplatz (U4)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.bauhaus.de/index

 

Devoted to the research and presentation of the history and influence of the Bauhaus Collection: architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, photography, and more.

Galeries Lafayette

Friedrichstaße 76-78

AJN, Architectures Jean Nouvel

1996

Transit:  Französische Straße (U6)

Access:  free, Hours of Operation

 

www.galerieslafayette.de/faq-english/

 

A large cone rises several stories upwards from street level and a smaller inverted cone drops from street down two levels is a contemporary interpretation of the atrium.

Jewish Museum

 

Lindenstaße 9-14

Daniel Libeskind, GSE Saar, Enseleit & Partner, Ingenieursguppe Wien

1999

Transit:  Hallesches Tor (U1, U6)

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.jmberlin.de/

 

The architecture expresses the harsh and overwhelming content it contains.  While you are here take a look at the new Glass Courtyard

GSW – Hauptverwaltung

 

Kochstaße 22

Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton Architekten

1998

Transit:  Kochstaße (U6)

Access:  No access

 

 

 

The colourful façade is a product of the blinds which controls the solar gains and thereby reducing the use of artificial heating and cooling.

 

 

 

 

 

Treptow Krematorium

Kiefholzstraße 221

Axel Schultes, Charlotte Frank, Christoph Witt

1999

Transit:  Baumschulenweg (S8, S9, S45, S46, S47, S85)

Access:  Free, Hours of Operation

 

 

www.krematorium-berlin.de/

 

The most remarkable architectural feature is the number of columns which poetically appear as though they extend up through the roof to the sky and heaven.

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