Office 55

“Office 55”, as I would like to call it, was by far the most interesting project I was allowed to visit. The huge building (5 stories high, 5 sub-basements) was originally conceived as a shopping mall, but for some reasons, the project was abandoned and the building was re-purposed as an office building. I was …

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Hospital “B”

I am afraid that I do not know much about “Hospital B” any more. During the times of the DDR, it was used as a government hospital, with a nearby smaller wing for the treatment of Stasi prisoners. After the German Reunification, it was used as a civilian hospital until it was deemed too small …

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Tempelhof

Tempelhof Airport was one of the first commercial airports of Germany. General aviation opened in 1923 and Tempelhof was one of three international airports in Berlin until it was closed in 2008. In 2007, 350’000 passengers used this airport. (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flughafen_Berlin-Tempelhof) Tempelhof was my very first “guided” tour. Guided meaning simply: you gather with a group of …

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VEB Kühlautomat

VEB Kühlautomat was founded in 1950 and initially only repaired fridges. During this time, R&D was working on developing compressors for refrigerators to be sold in the DDR. At the end of 1957, VEB Kühlautomat employed around 1’000 employees, with a peak of 2’500 employees. Manufacturing ranged from kitchen fridges to climate chambers, from cooling storages …

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VEB Coswig

VEB Coswig was one of the first „lost places“ I visited – and I must admit: I was scared to death! Huge, derelict buildings, creaking floors, piping dangling from the ceiling… It felt as if that place could fall apart any second. VEB Coswig („Volkseigener Betrieb“) dates back to 1900, when C.O. Wegener founded a …

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