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Hufeisensiedlung – a Bruno Taut Berlin Horseshoe Estate

The Hufeisensiedlung (Horseshoe Estate) is a modernist housing estate by architect Bruno Taut built on the site of the former Britz Manor in Berlin. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, architecture in Berlin reflected the political struggle between the Socialists and the Nazis.  Bruno Taut’s plans for the Hufeisensiedlung, drawn up in cooperation with […]


Berlin City Palace – Wanted: 627 Housemates

Are you moving to Berlin or currently on the lookout for new housemates?  If so, you may want to check out this tongue in cheek advert for a flat share that appeared on wg-gesucht last week.  The advertisers want 627 extra people to share the bills at the new Berlin City Palace (Berliner Stadtschloss), in what […]


LEGO Architecture Brandenburg Gate

The LEGO Architecture Brandenburg Gate is a 363-piece miniature reproduction of one of Europe and indeed the world’s most iconic buildings. As the scene of so many historic moments and a symbol of the division and subsequent reunification of Germany the Brandenburg Gate is a worthy part of the Landmark series in the LEGO Architecture […]


LEGO Architecture Berlin Cityscape

LEGO released a new range of skyline models in its Architecture range in 2016 and one of the three new products is the LEGO Architecture Berlin Cityscape*. In addition to Berlin, the new Cityscapes collection features New York* and Venice*.  An updated model of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai*, the world’s tallest building, is also due […]


Bierpinsel – Berlin’s Beer Brush

The Bierpinsel, a 47-metre tall brutalist tower, dominates the skyline on the Schloßstraße in Berlin Steglitz, the city’s second busiest shopping street. The Bierpinsel was built between 1972 and 1976 to plans by the architects Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte, who also designed the ICC Berlin.  The building, whose distinctive form was inspired by the […]


Converted Gas Station – The Berlin home of Juerg Judin

The converted gas station that Berlin gallerist and art collector Juerg Judin calls home is the kind of property most of us can only dream of. I bought it in 2005, but the first time I saw it was in 1992.  It had already been on the market for seven years, unused.  A ‘For Sale’ […]