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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #141
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What a shame. It had interesting fin detail. it should have just been cleaned, repainted and its windows replaced.
Humanity will woefully regret tearing down buildings like those instead of renovating them.
That's exactly what I thought.
This is the only building around the Stadtschloss/Nicolaikirche where I think: just a bit paint, windows etc. and you've got a building with a nice contrast in the (future) rebuilded area around the Stadtschloss.

But destroying the Mercure Hotel, that's the part I don't really care about. About time they're taking that building down.

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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:27 AM   #142
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This area of Potsdam doesn't need ANY contrast, but only its former harmony. You should go there and see by yourself.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #143
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Old November 27th, 2012, 05:09 PM   #144
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This area of Potsdam doesn't need ANY contrast, but only its former harmony. You should go there and see by yourself.
Why not, it's just one building I'm talking about. Just one building can't harm a whole historical quarter.
Everything in Potsdam can be rebuild in my opinion, but just let that one building stand as heritage from the former DDR in the Altstadt of Potsdam. If there are any chances to make that building look shiny and well, why don't take that chance?

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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #145
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Because it's sitting right in between the now almost completely rebuilt city palace, the city hall and the Nicolai church. That's the worst place imaginable for a "GDR modernism" contrast, frankly. Despite that, even when renovated, this thing is completely uninspired and ugly.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 07:09 PM   #146
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When i visited Potsdam i almost puked when i saw that awful yellow building...
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Old November 29th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #147
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Castle keeps on getting better...









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Old November 29th, 2012, 10:59 PM   #148
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It all looks very nice and of course is far superior to a hole in the ground but at the end of the day it is Disneyland architecture with no historical authenticity. Its basically a modern spec concrete office complex dressed in fake neo-classical dress.

Its a shame Germany has had to hark back to past 'glories' here and has not had the courage to create something cutting edge to display the talents of its new, younger architects. Is this scheme and similar ones in Dresden really about patching up Aldstadts or erasing aspects of its more recent less savoury history.
I would agree with your point about created Disneyland if the building projects were on brand new lots and there had been no truly valuable structures previously in place. There is nothing wrong with fixing, repairing, updating, renovating, and reconstructing buildings that have long term value socially and culturally. The facades are not "fake"; just current applications of the original works. No different than Queen Elizabeth fixing up Windsor Castle after it burned nearly down.

As for "past glories", what's wrong with that? History is a good thing but I think its disengenuous to suggest Germany hasn't the guts to create cutting edge buildings. That's simply not the case. Plus, there's plenty of new, previously unbuilt projects that young architects can get excited over.
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Old November 30th, 2012, 11:44 PM   #149
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Old November 30th, 2012, 11:59 PM   #150
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No. That's Potsdam's castle and it's looking stupendous!
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Old December 1st, 2012, 08:39 AM   #151
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great stone work (or is it artificial stone, if someone knows?)
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Old December 1st, 2012, 05:09 PM   #152
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If it where artificial i'd imagine there weren't any lines running through the eagle.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 05:51 PM   #153
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It's all real sandstone (mostly from Saxony), of course. A Saxonian manufacturer is delivering the craftworks.
They almost went bankrupt because the main contractor was reluctant to pay them, but it was settled and keeps going again now.
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If it where artificial i'd imagine there weren't any lines running through the eagle.
stoneor artificial stone , construction logic is the same
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Old December 1st, 2012, 08:10 PM   #155
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It's all real sandstone (mostly from Saxony), of course. A Saxonian manufacturer is delivering the craftworks.
They almost went bankrupt because the main contractor was reluctant to pay them, but it was settled and keeps going again now.
thanks, i guessed it looked like sandstone, just was not sure. sandstone ages the best!
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sandstone ages the best!
It loses its beige/tan/cream colors and turns to black from oxidation over time, sometimes quickly.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 01:03 AM   #157
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I think that's different for this kind of Saxonian sandstone though, because it's not coming from the Saxon Switzerland like the sandstone used in Dresden.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 04:46 PM   #158
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we have local sandstone in serbia and it behaves quite good. i like it because it looks soft and within 10 years it looks like 100 years old, but somehow it gets black only in frequent streets with heavy traffic, but then, all other materials behave in similar way.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 07:31 PM   #159
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It depends on the consitency of the sandstone. If it has many iron or manganese containing minerals in it, it could change his colour quite fast. Today the air is much less polluted than 100 years ago, so it will take a long time till it loose its bright look completely
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They started bringing the sculptural work in place all around the palace


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