years ago i used to live in Berlin-Moabit / Tiergarten - around the corner from the 'Hansaviertel'. None of the three apartments I lived in was actually situated directly 'downtown' of the Hansaviertel - this neighbourhood of fancy 50ies-design-buildings you
see in the pictures of this album. But I had to come here quite frequently since the U-Bahn Station Hansaplatz is located right in the middle of the Hansaviertel
Some of Berlin's Architecture's 'Greatest Hits' of the Fifties and Sixies (the
Seventies are just around the corner) can be found at this sight - nicely arranged
around the Hansaplatz in Moabit, which is also a cute little 'shopping area',
'residental area' - and home of the GRIPS-Theater.
After the old Hansaviertel had been destroyed during the second world war almost
completely, the new Hansaviertel was built between 1953 and 1972 for the architecture
exhibition /architecture fair called "Interbau". You can find works
of the world's greatest architects from that time, such as Alvar Aalto, Eugène
Beaudouin, Luciano Baldessari, Werner Düttmann, Egon Eiermann, Walter Gropius,
Bruno Grimmek, Oscar Niemeyer and Max Taut (for further information you may want
to have a look at the homepage Berliner
Bezirkslexikon (which is in german -but anyways..:] )).
Architect: Hans Schwippert
If you ask tourist guides about it, they might tell you, that the Hansaviertel
is considered to be the West-Berlin counterpart of the East-Berlin Stalinallee
- which i doupt.
Once a year the Hansaviertel, part of the Tiergarten, used to be occupied by the
Love Parade, this world famous annual techno music event (see also my
love TV). Nowadays this is not the case any more - so no low budget campers
put up their tents in the well designed gardens, no more caravan crowds on the
also well designed parking lots, no more screaming girls or peeing "men".
Just silence. An some 'Greatest Hits'..
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