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Old February 23rd, 2008, 12:46 PM   #281
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Hmm, is it just me or is there a difference in perception of districs inside the Ringbahn, as opposed to those lying outside of it? They've been touting Weißensee as the next big thing since I've lived here, especially as places like Prenzlauer Berg become more and more expensive. However, if you go there you see there's still a ways to go before it can compete. The problem for places like Weißensee and Lichtenberg is that it's much further out from the action and the quality of the housing stock in places like Lichtenberg (correct me if i'm wrong, but there's a lot of Plattenbau there?) leaves a lot to be desired.
Compared to a lot of the housing stock I've witnessed in central Auckland around Hobson st, I'd not talk down the Plattenbau at all! They're not that bad, they're just a little ugly at times. Personally I quite like the commieblocks there, at least they're not as bad as the British 50's and 60's flat blocks, those are disgusting!
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Old February 24th, 2008, 07:18 AM   #282
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Thank god Brazilian highrise architecture sucks, so I also won't be negatively impressed with anything!

I just hope Karlshorst isn't you know, gray and depressing. For what I've seen on Google Earth there are loads of threes in the area at least.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 02:34 AM   #283
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Old November 26th, 2008, 06:22 AM   #284
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outside? not my cup of tea.

but the inside.... now that's what I call a station. I hope to see something like this in Canada one day... but I can only hople. God bless us all.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #285
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looks like a mall
looks like a crystal palace from the outside
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Old November 27th, 2008, 10:18 AM   #286
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looks like a mall
it is a mall .... with a railway station.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 08:42 AM   #287
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Boring

Boring design, uninspiring and uninviting, twin towers and a hangar in the middle. No sense of movement...compare it to some of the stations that Calatrava has done and you will see what i mean.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 08:47 AM   #288
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Boring design, uninspiring and uninviting, twin towers and a hangar in the middle. No sense of movement...compare it to some of the stations that Calatrava has done and you will see what i mean.
Bit harsh isn't it? I thought it was an excellent design if "safe".
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Old December 4th, 2008, 10:58 AM   #289
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Boring design, uninspiring and uninviting, twin towers and a hangar in the middle. No sense of movement...compare it to some of the stations that Calatrava has done and you will see what i mean.
I guess we all see things differently as I don't agree at all. This structure is simply amazing when inside. Trains in all directions, above you, below you, everywhere. This certainly gives the feeling of movement.

Outside it is rather simple in design, but still attractive especially at night or on a dull day when the lights come through.

It's only downside is that the area surrounding it is boring and incomplete. But this is not really the fault of the station, it will take a few more years for this area to complete development.

That said, some things were not thought through very well. For instance, there is not enough platform space at the top level. People pile off intercity trains and then all bundle around the limited number of ticket machines for the local trains to continue their journey. And unlike most German stations which have luggage lockers scattered all over the place, this one only has a drop off point which when I needed to use it was completely full and a line outside lasting an hour. These faults could be rectified with a bit of planning and small changes, otherwise the structure itself is one of the greatest new stations in the world.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #290
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The outside looks ok, but the inside looks awesome! I like it very much. When I was there it was great to visit!
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Old December 14th, 2008, 12:30 AM   #291
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have a look on this pictures:

http://360cities.net/image/central-s...berlin-germany

http://360cities.net/image/inside-berlin-train-station

http://360cities.net/image/the-new-c...om-river-spree

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Old December 15th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #292
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It looks like German-speaking countries have excellent railroad networks
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It looks like German-speaking countries have excellent railroad networks
consider the following figures : Amtrak is moving 28 Mio Passengers a YEAR, German Railway 7 Mio a DAY
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Old December 31st, 2008, 04:12 PM   #294
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Lisbon - Berlin

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Boring and ugly. They decided to save some money and use simpler designs in order to finish it in time for the World Cup and it certainly shows. Calatrava's station in Lisbon is 10 times better.
Lisbon Oriente station is nice but has almost no traffic. Berlin is different but it is THE traffic HUB from train to train from S-Bahn to train and vice versa with thousands of trains and in some years also to the metro.
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Old January 1st, 2009, 11:55 AM   #295
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looks great but too crowded
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looks great but too crowded
Imagine if all these people had a ton of scrap ( called automobile) around them that would be crowded and noisy and stinky and all were trapped nothing would go.....
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Old January 1st, 2009, 08:54 PM   #297
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When will they finish it? Or is the City Authority still bankrupt?

Still despite it not being "finished" - I love this station. It's truly sensational. Berliners and Germans should be proud. Berlin is a symbol and inspiration of so many things to humanity. And this is a gift to the new Europe. Forward thinking. Modern. Well connected. Dynamic. PEACE and FREEDOM!

Although... my favourite European station remains the refurbished London St. Pancras.

Here's too more creative rail architecture, both old and new, in the European rail network!!
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When will they finish it? Or is the City Authority still bankrupt?

Still despite it not being "finished" - I love this station. It's truly sensational. Berliners and Germans should be proud. Berlin is a symbol and inspiration of so many things to humanity. And this is a gift to the new Europe. Forward thinking. Modern. Well connected. Dynamic. PEACE and FREEDOM!

Although... my favourite European station remains the refurbished London St. Pancras.

Here's too more creative rail architecture, both old and new, in the European rail network!!
Here you can see London St. Pancras 1 month before the re-opening. (interactive panorama in Quicktime. Tomorrow I will create a Flash version too ....)
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Old January 4th, 2009, 11:37 PM   #299
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I think this thread should be in "railways" section
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Old January 10th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #300
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Berlin Hbf isn't the biggest railway station in Europe and it isn't the biggest in Germany. München Hbf is bigger for example.
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