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"Fragments of Metropolis": An Exploration of Berlin's Expressionist History

"Fragments of Metropolis": An Exploration of Berlin's Expressionist History
"Fragments of Metropolis": An Exploration of Berlin's Expressionist History, © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
© Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut

Despite being born in the same era, Expressionism embodies an entirely different architectural sensibility to other proto-modernist movements like the Bauhaus. Its complex forms marked the creation of what we know as the modern metropolis and became one of the iconic architectural styles of the Roaring Twenties. Throughout Europe, over 1,000 expressionist buildings remain standing, yet many are forgotten and not properly preserved.

For the past four years, Niels Lehmann and Christoph Rauhut have been working to document these surviving expressionist landmarks, following their previous book “Modernism London Style.” Their new book, “Fragments of Metropolis – Berlin” presents 135 remaining expressionist buildings in Berlin and the surrounding area, and with your help this incredible collection documenting the landmarks of expressionism will be published, with colorful photography and detailed maps revealing their exact locations. Follow this link to become a supporter and learn more, or continue after the break to see a selection of images from the book.

Luckenwalde Herrmann & Co Hat Factory Dye and Spinning Works, (1922–23), Erich Mendelsohn. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
Luckenwalde Herrmann & Co Hat Factory Dye and Spinning Works, (1922–23), Erich Mendelsohn. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
National Post Office Headquarters, Berlin (1925-28), Karl Pfuhl. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
National Post Office Headquarters, Berlin (1925-28), Karl Pfuhl. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
Church of the Holy Cross, Berlin (1927–29), Ernst Günther Paulus Günther. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
Church of the Holy Cross, Berlin (1927–29), Ernst Günther Paulus Günther. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
Scharnhorst Step-down Transformer Station (1928-29), Hans Heinrich Müller. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut
Scharnhorst Step-down Transformer Station (1928-29), Hans Heinrich Müller. Image © Niels Lehmann & Christoph Rauhut

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Cite: Evan Rawn. ""Fragments of Metropolis": An Exploration of Berlin's Expressionist History" 27 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/582017/fragments-of-metropolis-an-exploration-of-berlin-s-expressionist-history/> ISSN 0719-8884

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