Is it premature to rejoice at the end of Winter?  Probably.  But today the melting continued on the streets, revealing in archaeological detail layers of fag butts, dog’s poo and general grime.  The bottom layer is comprised almost entirely of spent fireworks from New Year’s safety-free celebrations.

The Landwehrkanal is yet to completely unfreeze, but I notice there are no longer people on it, skating, walking or otherwise.  Maybe the ones who tried over the last few days are now under the ice?

All of which reminded me that there was a time before Berlin was covered in snow and ice (this is a very weak ploy, by the way, to link in to the images below, taken late last year on a Tag des Offenen Denkmals, plus a couple from the Summer).  I was routing through my hard drive and realised that I never did actually put the photos up, or blog about them.  They’re of the Haus des Lehrers and the adjoining Kongresshalle in Alexanderplatz, both designed by Hermann Henselmann, the chameleon architect of the GDR (he also designed large parts of Karl-Marx-Allee, which is very different from the Haus des Lehrers.  The socialist realist mural, which runs in a continuous band on all four sides of the tower, is by Walter Womacka, an artist who’s still around and productive.


  1. Cool! This was on my list of buildings to visit, although I never did get the chance. I look forward to the rest…

    Rob, February 22, 2010
  2. hi jim
    actually a comment about the philharmonie article but I’m too stoopid to work out how to comment in the right place.
    there is a ground floor corner bar with questionable southseas decor not far from the cinemaxx, known among my cronies as “the australian bar” or otherwise as the-place-we-were-in-and-they-took-all-out-money-and-filled-us-with-tequila-…..-hic! you wake the next day with a sore head and empty wallet. tis cosy after the 4th tequila, not before.
    architecture you didnt mention: stirlings layer cake behind the mies building. believe me, the 80s are gonna be back in fashion someday!
    keep up the good work. will try to make next “circle” though must protest against forced facebook thingy. never have, never will. pls send an email or mention in this blog. first tuesday?

    fergus, March 5, 2010
  3. I’ve walked past hose Prouvé-like doors and thought that they had to be the best looking doors in Berlin. Beautiful interior as well.

    Erik, March 5, 2011

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