Architecture in Berlin

Architecture in Berlin

Berlin remains the city that isn’t, but is always going to be

Potsdamer Platz – © Pierre Adenis
Museumsinsel – © Wolfgang Scholvien

Over 775 years old, the history of Berlin is reflected in the city’s urban space and architecture including all of its frictions. Thanks to the reconstruction of the historical district of Berlin Mitte, traces of its founding phase have re-surfaced around the Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall), on Petriplatz or at the Jüdenhof (Jewish Courtyard).

Architecture in Berlin

Three World Heritage sites span the period of history from Prussian Arcadia via Museum Island through to Berlin Modernistic housing estates.
Thanks to the districts of the Gründerzeit (late Wilhelmine period), when Berlin grew into a city of over a million inhabitants in just a few years, a strip of creative milieus stretches from the New West, via the New Mitte, via the scene districts of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, through to Kreuzkölln.
It is not only due to the Kulturbrauerei (Cultural Brewery) and the Hackesche Höfe, that the industrial-cultural heritage with its manufacturing, supply and transportation buildings has opened its gate to the facets of the metropolis.

Berlin Architects

Famous as a city of social and architectural experiment, starring with architects of the ilk of Schinkel, Langhans, Stüler and Knobelsdorff via the representatives of Modern Architecture, the Interbau Exhibition and the IBA, through to the architects who were responsible for the monolithic buildings that sprang up in communist East Berlin after the war, Berlin reads like as a “Who’s Who” of architecture.
Frictions, which in the form of the architectural designs of Hitler’s Germany and that of post-war architecture left their mark as documents of division and rivalry of diametrically opposed political systems, today invite appropriation in their ambivalence and inconsistencies.

Berlin after the reunification

Following German reunification in 1990, the vogue of experiment picked up again. The Berlin Republic opens itself every year to All Nations Day and the Day of the Open Door with the architecture of a capital city from the Parliament, Ministries, and embassies “for the peoples of the world”.

Alongside major projects such as Potsdamer Platz, Pariser Platz, Friedrichstraße or the new Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station), many new squares and districts have been created in Berlin. The City West is experiencing a renaissance. The whole of the urban space is filling up and successful architectural projects are to be found everywhere in the city.

Guided tours and exhibitions

New paths into the thicket of the New Berlin have created a host of sightseeing tours, offering exclusive access to places and buildings. Markers have been set by museums such as the Bauhaus Archive or the Berlinische Galerie (Berlin Gallery), but also by the AEDES Architectural Forum East and West. Those of you looking for planning and views, might find your eyes opened by a visit to the official City Model in the exhibition rooms of the Berlin Senate’s Administration for Urban Development.