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Old July 3rd, 2019, 10:36 PM   #2541
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Reichstag building. South east view


North west corner tower


Glass dome


Cross section of the building


Elevation drawing


Interiors. South entrance hall




South lobby doorway


East lobby


Staircase spandrel panels


East entrance hallway


Central lobby. Chandelier




Bundesrat boardroom




Plenary assembly hall






Counting room door


Refreshment rooms






Fireplace fireback


Stained glass on the south facade

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Amazing!
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Old July 5th, 2019, 01:38 PM   #2543
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Berlin in color
Fantastic photos! What is the source?
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Old July 5th, 2019, 05:29 PM   #2544
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Amazing!
Agreed. I've always been fascinated by the general level of cultural and technical development in the German Empire

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All these photos where taken in the 30's/early 40's by an american photographer Michael Sobotta
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Old July 6th, 2019, 09:28 PM   #2545
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Amazing pictures. Really sad what got lost...





And one of this chairs gets sold in the USA.







Einstein in the Reichstag

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Old July 8th, 2019, 06:29 PM   #2546
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Wow, the sculptural detail in the Reichstag was once on another level. *jaw hits the floor*
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Wow, the sculptural detail in the Reichstag was once on another level. *jaw hits the floor*
yeah, it looks like shit now, on the inside, should of been fixed like it used to be.
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Old July 10th, 2019, 07:38 PM   #2548
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And one of this chairs gets sold in the USA.
I am glad to see that at least one item of all the luxurious furnishings has remained intact.

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Contemporary construction culture has almost completely excluded such things as decor and ornament from practice. It used to be a normal, completely standard skill necessary for
any builder, but nowadays it has become a privilege of architects who serve only rich people (especially when it comes to stone facing).

Freiburg. New theater. Its upper part was completely destroyed




Grillo-Theater in Essen. The building has remained intact, but was rebuilt beyond recognition








Hanseatic Bridge in Stettin


Central Station Bridge






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Schauspielhaus in Frankfurt. Some parts of its walls (hidden behind the facades of the 60s) are still standing, so there is a ghost of a chance of reconstruction
(in the possibility of which I, however, do not believe).










Aerial view




Lobby


Elevation


Let me break the rules of the topic a bit and show a 3D model made by members of the community working to revive the theater. I would like this project to become
a precedent for a widespread movement for restoration of masterpieces of Wilhelmian architecture throughout Germany, however, I have the feeling that their project
will fail (as the initiative for the reconstruction of Flusswasserkunst in Hannover). Despite many doubts, I want to wish them good luck with their remarkable work


Full size renderings




View from above

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Old July 11th, 2019, 01:22 PM   #2549
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Why the hell was that old building encased in all that modernist nonsense?
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Old July 11th, 2019, 10:13 PM   #2550
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I think because of the dogmatic modernist's rejection of the rich and stylistically diverse, sculptural and too much irrational and overloaded, worthless (only in their opinion, of course) legacy of the old imperial regime.
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Maybe. But according to Wikipedia, the facade was 'badly damaged' and the restored theater 're-opened in 1950'. I can fully imagine there not being that much money available for full-scale reconstructions five years after the war.

Don't get me wrong, I lament both wartime and later 'urban renewal' destructions of old city centers and am in favour of as much reconstructions as possible. But I also accept that this was not the highest priority directly after the war, and that not every not fully restored building is an 'irrational crime'.
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Well this is what the building looked like in the 1950s:

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But I also accept that this was not the highest priority directly after the war, and that not every not fully restored building is an 'irrational crime'.
I agree with your economic arguement. The main reason of the rise of the modernist ideology lies in the terrifying scales of material and financial losses; at the same time, it was also caused by the rapid post-war economic boom. But in this particular case (as noted Mr. Bricks) this absolutely awful remodelling of the survived parts of the building was a purely ideological project.
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great pictures!
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Old July 15th, 2019, 03:38 AM   #2555
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whenever I come to this thread, my heart sinks, war is so stupid and people who start them must be stopped before it's too late. So much beauty lost in all these threads. Will be arriving in Germany soon, can't wait.
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Well this is what the building looked like in the 1950s:

Thanks for the correction. I was thinking the posts where referring to the Grillo-Theater in Essen that was listed earlier in the same post. In general I still think, as artObserver also mentioned, that the economic realities of the postwar period are sometimes glossed over too easily. But in this specific case I was clearly wrong. What a pity...
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There are a countless number of historicist buildings which were destroyed after WWII in an arbitrary way

Today I found interesting models of the Georgenkirche and the Wertheim department store (made by ChrisBerlin)




P.S. Last time I forgot to post a picture of the lobby of the State Theater in Nuremberg. Its decor was dismantled in the 30's

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