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Berlin Architecture Tour (11 Hours 30 Minutes)


Berlin, Germany

Valid for Travel Now Through: 08 Dec 2018

Berlin Architecture Tour (11 Hours 30 Minutes)

Berlin, Germany

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There is also an amazing amount of experimental architecture in the city. This legacy can be traced all the way back to a motto of Frederick the Great “Jeder nach seiner Facon” or “live and let live.”

Berlin has been and continues to be a city of tolerance – also architecturally. All of the
experimental projects may not be succesful or suit everyone’s personal taste, but it says a lot that Berlin is willing to take architectural risks in a period when most cities make it impossible for avant garde architects to realize their visions.

- Hotel Adlon
The hotel (now the Adlon Kempinski) was the first building to return the Paris square next to
Brandeburg Gate in 1997. Although often mistakenly cited as so it is not an exact replica of the 1907 original. Instead developers from Cologne added another story, lowered the ceilings to create more space, and cut down on ornamentation to save costs.

- DZ Bank
The bank building was completed in 2000 by Frank Gehry. He faced the restraint of a façade with a wall to window ration of 1:1. The pillar like elements of his design are supposed to create a dialogue with the Brandenburger Tor. The tilted windows on the ground floor and the fourth floor are a subtle deconstructivist touch. The most famous aspect occurs in the interior atrium where a large asymetircal “blob” structure of glass and metal surrounds an auditorium.

- Brandenburg Gate
It was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans in 1791 with the figure group on top - so called
'Quadriga' - by Gottfried Schadow. The entire structure was once connected to the city wall and
stood as the most elaborate of the 18 city gates.

- The Reichstag
In 1882 a competition was held and the design by Paul Wallot, a private architect from Frankfurt am Main was selected. However he had to make many alterations and argue with the Emporer and the authorities before the structure was finally completed in 1894.

- Kulturforum
Built on land originally cleared by the Nazi’s to make way for Germania, it is a portion of Hans
Scharoun’s vision of a cultural strip stretching from Museum Isle to Palace Charlottenburg. The
Berlin wall put an end to the vision. In addition to his buildings and Mies’ iconic structure the other buildings include Rolf Gutbrod’s controversial Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Copper Engravings Museum the Kunstbibliothek, and the Paintings Gallery all by Christoph Himpler and Heinz Sattler after a 1985 competition.

- Philharmony
Hans Scharoun’s concert house project, completed in 1963, is designed from the inside out from 5 offset pentagons. It is considered the architect’s most important work and also one of the foremost models of “organicism” – a concept in which a building develops naturally from its inside out without any formal restrictions.

- Sony Center
Helmut Jahn is regarded by some as an exponent of the commercial architecture which Frank
Gehry’s “Deconstructivism” opposes (although many would argue that Frank Gehry is now the most commercial of all architects). However, Jahn’s buildings are subtly different from the mass of
“utility architecture” and this has made him a much sought after designer. The 2000 Sony-Center is no exception, although the innovative elements are not so subtle. The plaza roof is a particularly sensational design with its tent structure that is lit with changing colors at night.

- Humboldt Universität
Thebuilding was finished in 1766 under the direction of Johann Boumann and later Karl Ludwig
Hildebrandt. The newly founded Friedrich Wilhelm University acquired the buildling in 1773 and
officially moved in in 1810. The formerly rich adornment was reduced over time. The Corinthian
column structure of the central portal provides a visual link with the Opera House across the street.

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