How did the buildings in East and West Berlin change in the years before the fall of the Wall? The Berlinische Galerie’s spring exhibition Anything goes? Berlin Architecture in the 1980s will answer just that. For a little taste of the show to come, the gallery has published three online audio tours featuring some of the most iconic architecture in Kreuzberg. Focused on buildings that were constructed for the 1987 International Architecture Exhibition, the hour-long tours provide an insight into the area’s history and reveal new discoveries for architectural connoisseurs and amateurs alike. The first route covers one of the city’s most playful buildings: New York architect John Hejduk’s complex on Charlottenstraße. Inspired by the masks of the Carnival of Venice, the balconies and awnings give the façade human features. The second audio tour leads from Admiralbrücke to Görlitzer Park – past the so-called “Wohnregal” by Peter Stürzebecher, which was planned and developed as a pioneering project together with residents. What the architectural expressions of the once-divided city have in common is shown by the third walk along Friedrichstraße, which connects buildings of the GDR to the FRG.
Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Merle Büttner
Audio walks from the Berlinische Galerie: Anything goes? Berlin Architecture in the 1980s, spring 2021 to 16.08.2021