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Berlin Flatiron

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Today we will continue our Flatiron-tour in Berlin for some day. I discovered that I had taken several Flatiron-Like-Buildings in October 2014. At that time I had no special interest in Flatirons but I’m always interested in interesting buildings and a few in Berlin can be qualifies as Flatirons or Flatiron-Like.

The first Berlin flatiron is the Office and commerce building "Spreedreieck" at Friedrichstraße No. 140 in Regierungsviertel-Berlin-Mitte. The building was constructed from 2007 to 2009 and is a design by the architect Marc Braun.
But the history of this place is older and more interesting:

For this situation, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once designed his famous "Hochhaus am Friedrichstraße" station in a competition of 1921. It remained an unbuilt icon of paper architecture. After reunification, efforts were made to build the Mies design posthumously, and this project was even discussed in a high-caliber symposium in Mies' New National Gallery at the beginning of the 1990s. Result: All were against. Too transparent was the commercial interest behind the supposed cultural event.
No Mies-Hochhau so, but a "Spreedreieck" is now here. With the preservation of the "Tearful Palace", that is, the GDR border clearance pavilion at the Friedrichstraße station of 1962, an office building has been built on this site, which in the meantime has long been partially related. However, we have not reported on completion since there is no official opening date: the parties do not feel like celebrating, this house is stuck in bad luck. The webcam from the construction site on the homepage of the project developer was stopped in June 2009.
At first there was trouble around the land register; The land of Berlin had not sold the property without a lump-free charge. Thereupon the investor was approved to build higher than is actually permissible here, which in turn caused damage claims of the neighborhood. A parliamentary committee of inquiry has met.
Then the commissioned architect Mark Braun died during the construction phase of a cancer disease (see BauNetz-Meldung of 11 June 2008). He could no longer meet the disputes with the client about his design.
The finished building now had a surprisingly unanimous rejection, although it did not satisfy the typical "Berlinian" stone façade with its metal-glass facade. The critic of the FAZ, Dieter Bartetzko, wrote in 2009 under the heading "The late revenge of the GDR" his conclusion: "a dominant, solitary and ignorant vulgarity". (translation

Make: SONY
Model: NEX-6
Software: PaintShop Pro 19,00
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
F-Stop: f/8.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date Taken: 2014-10-13 12:54
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 5606 kb

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