Berlin Architecture Tour
Berlin has always been modern and there is no better way to trace this than through its architecture. On this tour we explore Berlins two showcase 21st-century-sites, the Government quarter clustered around Lord Fosters new Reichstag, and the corporate centre of Potsdamer Platz.
Potsdamer Platz is a perfect juxtaposition of the stylistic reflections of the Cold War period and Berlin’s new face for the 21st C. Today’s ensemble was created by a group of architects overseen by Renzo Piano. Half the site was built in the 1950s and 1960s in West Berlin, the rest in the 1990s where the Wall used to stand.
We then explore neoclassical masterpieces of Schinkel, a lesser-known secret construction by the designer of the Brandenburg Gate – K.G. Langhans, the early modern Bauhaus survivors of Behrens and Fahrenkampf, and the few rare Nazi period examples of their grotesque ‘Master culture’ (Herrenkultur) style.
We finish in showcase Communist Berlin with the East German showcase of Stalin Allee (1957) and the heart of Communist Berlin, with its surviving mosaic and stain glass stories of a future under communism.
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