Berlin Architecture (Germany)

4 months 2 weeks ago #730060 by Uli
After a long planning and construction period, "The Cube" is finally in Berlin (Germany).

Since the beginning of 2020, people and buildings have been reflected in the broken façade of "The Cube" in front of Berlin's railway station. Inside, more than 3800 sensors monitor people. They open doors, provide you with information and the lifts automatically take users to the right floor of the eleven levels.

The Danish architects from the 3XN office in Copenhagen developed a digital concept for the "smart offices" on Washington Square.

Whether this will benefit the work-live balance or the high-tech lifestyle of the users remains to be seen.

So far, at least the many visitors to Berlin's main station are enjoying the conundrum of the cube's reflective façades.

"The Cube" in front of Berlin Central Station

The façade is ventilated and has outdoor terraces

Despite the mirroring, plenty of daylight enters the offices

A sculpture with 42.5 metres edge length and 19,500 square metres of floor space


"Smart Commercial Building", the future of the office?​

All the best, Uli

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4 months 2 weeks ago #730061 by Nikon Shooter
Ausgezeichnete Arbeit, Uli!

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4 months 2 weeks ago #730097 by Jack Mason
Amazing architecture. Beautiful and shiny. 

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4 months 2 weeks ago #730121 by Hassner
Some beautiful shots there, Uli!

Yet I have learned from existing reflective buildings that it can reflect straight into surrounding offices at certain times of the year. 

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4 months 2 weeks ago #730169 by db3348
Fantastic & interesting set of images , Uli.

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1 month 6 days ago #736261 by Uli
The Interbau 1957 (building exhibition) was intended to demonstrate Berlin's (Germany's) will for the future. A new residential quarter was built twelve years after the end of the Second World War on the completely bombed-out Hansa Quarter in Berlin.

Fifty-three architects from 13 countries were invited to participate in the "Neues Bauen" project. Their modern architecture stood against the monumental buildings in the east of the city. There, the Stalin Allee (today Karl-Marx Allee) had been built since 1952 according to the Soviet model. A small section of the Interbau 1957:

Schwedenhaus (Swedish House) - Architects: Fritz Jaenecke, Sten Samuelson

Modern flats according to the Scandinavian model​
The light partition walls of the flats could be removed or moved. This allowed families to design their rooms as they wished. The living room was an open "all-room" without doors, almost unknown in Germany at the time. Underfloor heating was also new for the time.

Ten storeys​

The Swedish house is a concrete skeleton construction with open facades behind loggias (south side) and arcades (north side). The south side has blue parapets, the north side red. The ground floor has partly open passageways as well as commercial space and a café. 1st to 8th floor each 8 four-room flats with almost identical floor plan.

Swedish House in Berlin's Hansa Quarter

Gropius House - Architects: Walter Gropius, Wils Ebert​

The Gropiushaus with its curved (more precisely, bent) façade. Bedrooms and bathrooms face north, living rooms and kitchens face south. The balcony parapets are shaped like sails blown in the wind. The flats at the east and west corners of the house are turned, their balconies appearing to be pulled out of the house.

Gropiushaus, a building from Interbau 1957 Berlin

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1 month 6 days ago #736325 by Uli
Interbau 1975 Berlin (Germany) part 2

At the Interbau 1957 in Berlin (Germany), not only apartment blocks werebuilt, but also single-family houses. The architects built with airy courtyards and large windows or planned the house according to the daily routine of its inhabitants.

Light-flooded house with doctor's practice

The office of Klaus Kirsten and Heinz Nather built a light-flooded house with a doctor's practice. Inside, it opens up to the garden like a fan.The upper floor has a terrace that also faces the garden. The concrete walls were partly made from the rubble of the war-damaged buildings of the old Hansa district.

Atrium House
Architect Arne Jacobsen built this atrium house. It appears closed to the outside, but opens up to an inner courtyard, the "room in the green". The rooms are grouped around the open courtyard like three wings. "The west wing with a kitchen-living room and large windows facing the courtyard, the north wing with a bathroom and bedrooms (and a wall of cupboards that acoustically shields the house from the street), and the south wing with a large living room, behind which the garden extends the full width of the plot." (Hansaviertel website)

Almost without right angles​
Wolf von Möllendorff and Sergius Ruegenberg's house has hardly any rightangles. "Ruegenberg's aim was not only to improve the living quality of the individual, (...) but he placed the individual with his daily routine in the foreground of his planning. The angled floor plan and the arrangement of the windows follow the position of the sun and the specific uses of the rooms. The complex design is intended to enable liveliness and diversity in which people can develop freely. (...)

The formal language of the house went down in architectural history in a similar way as deconstructivism at the end of the 1980s and was anticipated by Ruegenberg. He was 30 years ahead of his time architecturally." (see above)


Paul Baumgarten did not simply want to build terraced houses. He designed the "Wohnschiff" (living ship), which floats on uprights above a glazed ground floor. Above you can see a gangway, railings, cabins and living quarters. Instead of terraced houses, "seven maisonettes were created with glazed living studios on the top floor and private roof terraces instead of gardens. The classic-modern design language, the numerous glass surfaces, the colour scheme and the sloping monopitch roofs lend the building a serenity and airiness that was typical of Baumgarten's architecture" (see above).

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1 month 5 days ago #736365 by Nicole Summers
Very interesting complex. Nice symmetrical shots. 

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