The Architecture of Berlin
Berlin is a city of rapid growth and one of the youngest capital cities in Europe. Its oldest buildings are those of a village. It moved quickly from being the provincial seat of the Electorate of Brandenburg to the royal capital of the Kings of Prussia in the 18th century, and the centre of an empire in the 19th.
Its architecture is fascinating. Ever larger palaces, grand boulevards, practical canals, industrial ferment, well constructed housing for the growth of population, world class museums and an Olympic stadium followed in breakneck succession. Regime changes were abrupt.
We study the Zeughaus armoury of 1706, the Charlottenburg Palace with its parkland, Frederick the Great’s Sanssouci and Neues Palais in Potsdam, the Gendarmenmarkt complex built for Huguenot refugees, the Brandenburg Gate, Schinkel’s Altes Museum, the Museum Island, the Imperial Reichstag and Dom, the Cecilienhof villa used for the Potsdam conference, the modernistic Einsteinturm, the Nazi era works of Speer, the megalomaniac plans for the Third Reich “Germania”, wartime bunkers, post war cultural works in the West, like Van der Rohe’s gallery, the Berlin Wall and Karl Marx Allee in the East, and the post 1989 boom to create a unified capital.
Residential Fees From: £348. Non Residential: £233
Mark Powell – After studying languages and art at Durham University, St John’s College Oxford, the Ruskin Art School and Vienna University, Mark Powell began a career as a university lecturer in Humanities at Buckingham University, and later switched to leading Art and Architectural tours. He has lived, taught and acted in theatre in Vienna where wrote and broadcast for Blue Danube Radio. He has led many art tours to the city. He led the first art tours to Sarajevo after the siege, one of which was filmed for BBC World’s “Fastrack” programme.
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