Berlin in Concrete | Architecture Destination

First things to be noticed in Berlin are colourful external tubes, running throughout the entire city. Many people ask whether it is an art installation or they are used for transporting natural gas.


Searching deeper, it has been noted that the word ‘Berlin’ literally means ‘swamp’. Turns out that groundwater in Berlin exists just two meters under the city’s surface and pipes surrounding Berlin serve to pump water from the ground and transport it to the canals. Moreover it becomes urban connector and exquisite feature of the city.


In this pipe city I was fortunate enough to find a few amazing architectural pieces.

That is  what came to my mind when I first saw The Mouse Bunker - animal testing facility with place for 88,000 test-animals.


This impression is caused by its heavy, solid core with floor disappearing gradually, small, triangular windows and large ventilation pipes sticking out like cannons.


Windows minimize daylight and huge ventilation pipes allow individual air control to each test area. These elements are both functional and formative.

…is a tempodrom or so-called liquidroom - multi-purpose event venue in Berlin.


The complex is built to look like an abstract tent structure, meant to honor the site’s previous life as a massive train station during World War II, where buskers would perform where they pleased.


The building has futuristic spa that allows visitors to float in a pool of salt water while zoning out to live music that is meant to be heard under the water. From classical to techno!

The Bierpinsel (aka The Beer Brush) is an iconic restaurant and a night club.


Originally designed to resemble a tree, this building is a perfect example of the german Brutalism craze.


The building is  currently closed without any plans for reopening.

No words needed for Bauhaus archive building.  

The most striking feature is its distinctive profile, designed by Gropius as a row of saw-toothed volumes topped with roof lights to bring daylight into the exhibition areas.

Residential units building also known as Corbusierhaus is constructed in rough-cast concrete and is part of the initial architecture style we know today as brutalism.


Le Corbusier intended to create utopian “city within a city” which brings people’s every day activities and needs into the housing block.


It was also an extension of the “vertical garden city” idea which brings the villa into a high-rise.

to be continued...