Omnipresent plattenbau housing estates, monumental hochhäuser, cosmic milk bars; the post-war East Germany was rebuilt on concrete foundations to stand for the new modernity and shape the unique and no less controversial urban landscape of German Democratic Republic.
MODERN EAST: Build Your Own Modernist DDR is the new book by Zupagrafika celebrating socialist modernist and brutalist architecture of the former East Germany and allows you to playfully reconstruct some of the most intriguing edifices erected between early 1950s and late 1980s - from the massive plattenbauten of Rostock, through the icons of DDR-Moderne, like Kino International or Haus des Berliner Verlages, to the demolished relict of East Germany`s heyday - Mokka-Milch-Eisbar 'Kosmos'. All models feature detailed illustrations of the original facades before their renovation.
The kit includes: 9 illustrated paper models to cutout and assemble, a foreword on the history of Deutsche Demokratische Republik architecture by Florian Heilmeyer, a short information on each building, and easy to follow instructions.
Haus des Berliner Verlages. Berlin (Ost)
Kino International. Berlin (Ost)
Ernst-Thälmann-Park Housing Complex. Berlin (Ost)
Mokka-Milch-Eisbar 'Kosmos'. Cottbus
Hochhaus Pirnaischer Platz. Dresden
'Scheiben' Housing Complex. Halle (Neustadt)
Terrassenhaus, Schmarl Housing Estate. Rostock
About the author:
Zupagrafika is an independent publisher and
design studio founded by David Navarro and
Martyna Sobecka. The studio has a special affinity with
post-war modernist architecture and paper. They are
authors and publishers of award-winning titles, such as:
‘Brutal London’, ‘Brutal East’, ‘Blokoshka’, ‘Paris Brut’, ‘The
Constructivist’, ‘Modern East’...
Author of the book ‘Brutal London: Construct Your Own
Concrete Capital’ (2016, Prestel), an adaptation of the bestselling
‘Brutal London’ paper-cut collection.
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