architecture on site
The city centre of former East Berlin, which corresponds for a big part
with the old historical centre, is located on and around the Spree
Island. On the site, where until after WW II the old royal palace could
be found, the socialist regime built the "Palast der Republik"
(Republican Palace). But also this building has not survived history.
After long political and public debates, the people's palace has being
demolished, leaving an urban void in the middle of town. Still, the
socialist design principles in architecture and urbanism remain
recognisably visible in Berlin. The small scale reconstruction of the
historical Nicolai quarter, the urban ensemble of the Alexanderplatz
and the Karl-Marx-Allee are prominent examples of an architecture
ranging between modernist and soviet influences.
Architecture designed by Peter Behrens, David Chipperfield, Herman Henselmann, Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, Jean Nouvel, Karl-Friedrich Schinkel, Günther Stahn, Friedrich August Stüler, Oswald Matthias Ungers and many others