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What was once the stripped naked area around Brandenburger Tor in Berlin was being rebuilt in the 90s. When the whole of Berlin was turned into a giant building site, Pariser Platz to the east was restored back to its former "baroque" glory.

Distinct rules regarding exteriors were set for the builders, however for interiors and "backsides" the architects were given free hands. So what looks like a strict facade might very well show more (post-) modern sides.

This is the "backside" of the block containing United States' Embassy, DZ Bank, Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts) and Hotel Adlon and facing Behrenstrasse. The discreet dual coloring of the facade is topped with an outdoor area known as "Laube" ("Arbour").

I've been told that the view from the top toward Brandenburger Tor and the Reichstag building is impressive. And also across the street below, where the Holocaust Mahnmal (Holocaust Memorial) is a reminder of dark and horrified times - not so long ago…

So the Berlin of today is interlaced with the Berlin of yesterday!

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 542 W: 241 N: 843] (2416)
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