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Old June 17th, 2008, 09:52 PM   #61
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Well aren't we original lol
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Old June 18th, 2008, 03:06 AM   #62
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Considering the enormous loss of life when US embassies were attacked in Lebanon and Africa I perfectly understand the need for security. That said it could have looked worse and speaking of dreadful, the next door Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is incredibly depressing............of course I think that was the point.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #63
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It is a prison. A prison for americans.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 07:51 PM   #64
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They shouldn't have build another embassy there. Why not a... Supermarket or something?
In the reconstructed pre-war building, of course:


"Palais Blücher" at Pariser Platz, Berlin around 1900. Click here for a high-res version of the pic.
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The same building as seen from todays "Platz des 18. März", to the right.




Wouldn't that have been a way classier embassy? It's not like you couldn't have classical architecture and high security
at the same time - just take a look at the White House.

It wouldn't have been way more expensive as well.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #65
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The embassy should have looked looked like the building above so it fit in with its surroundings.

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This building is utter shite. It downrates the whole Pariser Platz (where the Brandenburg gate stands in front of).

But in the end it may fit an American embassy the best. At least it's safer than Fort Knox, I presume.
Does the US embassy have tanks, airplanes, helicopters, a mini army of some 5,000(?) men and women on the grounds? All to guard a building that might not have anything in it.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #66
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Perhaps the embassy needs to look plain and ugly to deter enthusiasts and architects from stopping by and taking photos. They're probably very wary of that kind of stuff in today's geopolitical reality.
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Old June 22nd, 2008, 10:14 PM   #67
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But why should they build something like that in XXI century
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Old June 23rd, 2008, 09:15 PM   #68
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Because modern architecture completely fails right next to the Brandenburg Gate.

As you may clearly see in the result of the US Embassy.
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