From the sprawling Spandau borough to barren Marzahn, experimental medicine research facility Mäusebunker to 1958-built apartment block Corbusierhaus——and a whole host of other brutally beautiful buildings, churches and carparks in between——Blue Crow Media’s latest publication, Brutalist Berlin Map, provides an insight into the city’s distinctive range of concrete architecture; the buildings covered erected from the 1950s to today and reflecting what architectural historian, Felix Torkar, recounts as Berlin‘s “special place in the history of modern architecture.”
Having written, photographed and compiled the curated guide alongside award-winning Blue Crow Media, Torkar——currently writing his PhD on Neobrutalism at FU Berlin——seeks to place Berlin’s brutalist architecture within a fluid historical context, whilst inspiring Berliners to help secure these remarkable buildings within their city’s architectural landscape; commenting in his introduction how “sadly, many of the city’s Brutalist buildings are now falling apart or have been extensively renovated or demolished.”
A bilingual (German and English) map and guide that will lead you far off the beaten tourist trail, the Brutalist Berlin Map——the first of two Berlin titles this year for the independent publishers——is designed to inspire future explorations through the city’s unconventional urban landscape. With what Torkar describes as “a growing number of historical protection policies and a new generation of architects building in what could be termed a Neobrutalist style,” there remains aspirations of a brutalist renaissance in the German capital.
Another concise and creatively curated architectural map, another city’s offbeat architecture plotted for culturally minded travellers to uncover; Blue Crow Media’s ongoing mapping of inspirational aesthetics around the world receives yet another winning string to its bow in Brutalist Berlin Map. Available now direct from the London-based publisher.