July 06 – Berlin!

We spent a whirlwind 4 days in Berlin, seeing a ton of architecture, museums, and historical sites. Here are just a few snapshots from our trip!

Otto Bock’s Science Center – there were a lot of interactive installations here where you could learn about mobility and prosthetics .. we also found out that this company has a hub in Dayton, OH as well! The building is between Potsdamer Platz / Sony Center and the Eisenman Jewish Memorial, designed by Gnädinger Architects in Berlin.

Sunset at the Reichstag Dome, addition designed by Norman Foster. There was a great audio tour that gave tons of information about the city and architecture that you could see from the top of the dome.

We were so happy for the beautiful sunset and great weather on our Dome tour!

Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonic. I had never seen an up-close photo of the facade and the material was completely different than I expected!

Temporary exhibit at Mies’ Neue Nationalgalerie – so great to finally see this one in person!!!

Olympic Stadium – or Olympiastadion – was built in the 1930s and designed by Warner March.

Just near the Olympiastadion was Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation. We didn’t get a chance to go inside here but it was another piece of architecture we were very excited to see in person!

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to tour OMA’s Dutch Embassy building in Berlin as well.

View of the TV Tower framed from the Dutch Embassy

One of our last visits was to Libeskind’s Jewish Museum, which we were all very impressed by.

And a few other sights …

Chapel of Reconciliation – Rammed earth interior incorporating rubble from the original church that was bombed

Brandenburg Gate

Gehry’s DZ Bank interior – as close as we could get to it, at least

And finally, Siebe in the Altes Museum!

This is only a small portion of what we saw in our 4 days. We were all so happy to get to see Berlin, and so much Architecture that we’ve previously only seen in books!