Someone shoot me.
Cycling up through Neukoln yesterday (a less salubrious area to the south of not-always-that-salubrious Kreuzberg) I noticed this, at the junction of Donaustrasse and Reuterstrasse. “Nothing special” you say. “In fact, eugh, just some horrible 80s postmodern dreck. Take it away and show me some nice new cool stuff”.
And I know you’re right. But I can’t help myself.
It caught my eye because I thought the facade is nicely proportioned, then when I got closer I noticed that the left and right ends of the facade are not in fact just that – a facade* – with a space behind them open to the sky.
So I’m acquiring a taste for 80s postmodernism. When it was just Berlin IBA stuff, I could excuse my strange prediliction on grounds of its historical importance, and witter on about the need for integration in the urban fabric.
So do please leave an abusive comment; it might bring me back to my senses.
Some, er, interesting concrete formwork around the entrance
Note that the top floor right hand two windows have no room behind them, with the same thing on the left hand side…
*Damn. I just used the title “it’s all just a facade” on my previous post, when it would have fitted even better here. Maybe a theme is emerging, and it’s all about to get a bit Robert Venturi? Decorated shed anyone?