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On 8/20/2021 at 10:03 AM, Double 0 Soul said:

I seem to have a mystery benefactor in regards to a lovely book which landed on my doorstep yesterday.

Using my Poirot-esque powers of deduction.. i think somebody here could be the prime suspect, if so thank you, you're very kind, it's a lovely gesture!!

https://www.martindust.photography/store/p/brutalsheffield

..if not, i'm stumped! ive already sent a few emails to the usual suspects... :blush2:

You mean something like that?

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I hope you like it…

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10 hours ago, Foxy2 said:

I hope you like it…

I love it!!

it's all the things which bring me joy....in book form

Ive done pretty well recently, got a pile of denim books from @Maynard Friedman which was a nice surprise, some sneaks from @Flash and i got a couple of collectable beers and No39 of the modernist.

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Sheff Uni have commissioned an artist friend of mine to paint 4 of their buildings on concrete, I framed them for her..

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.. i did it on a "WillWork4Art" basis so no £££ changed hands but ive got a couple of her paintings earmarked which will be coming my way after an upcoming exhibition, I painted all 4 frames white when they were finished.

I emailed her last week asking if the 'Brutal Sheffield' book was from her, she said "no but coincidentally i do have a gift for you which i'll leave in your outside toilet, albeit's nowhere near as good as the brutalist book" which i where i found the beers from 2005 which bear her artwork and the modernist magazine.

Thanks Kaj..

People can be so nice sometimes

Edited by Double 0 Soul

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That’s great!

That cover picture - recent edition of the modernist magazine - is a building here in West-Berlin.

It’s called the mice bunker (=Mäusebunker) and there was quite recently a public debate about its future. Not sure if it is easily accessible right now, but I’ll try to snap some pictures over the next few days.

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managed to get out to Steglitz today to catch up on the current state of Mäusebunker...

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designed by Gerd Hänska around 1965 to 1967, construction started in 1971. it was finished in 1981.

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part of the Charite Berlin it was a research centre for experimental medicine, but initially it the central lab for animal experiments.
we used to demonstrate here in the early 80's.

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the building is currently empty and it was decided last year for it to be demolished.

it status as an iconic brutalist building has triggered a public debate trying to secure, preserve and repurpose the building.

https://www.greyscape.com/the-inspiring-fight-on-the-ground-to-save-berlins-at-risk-brutalism/

http://mäusebunker.de

part of this debate is also the opposite building - Hygieneinstitut

Edited by Foxy2

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here it is - Institut für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin der Charite

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the model and a bird view...

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designed by Fehling+Gogel, build 1966 to 1974.

those lines and details...

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the staircase...

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the hall...

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some interior shots from both buildings that I stole...

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while out in the neighbourhood I couldn't miss stopping by another architectural monster - Klinikum Steglitz (now Charite Campus Benjamin Franklin) opened in 1968.
The entrance...

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on the way to the hospital...

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and the hospital...

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some pics stolen from the net...

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and some literature regarding these buildings...

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Since the “Bierpinsel” popped up in one of the shots from the books…

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stolen shots from the past with original paint…

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interior shots from one of the recent remodelling phases…

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the current plan is to revert back to the original paint & colour scheme.

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It looked good when shiny, red and new. It looks horrendous now, like a provincial shopping centre control room, enviously straining to catch a glimpse of the new out of town retail park in the distance…

Edited by Maynard Friedman

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I’ve been there - seem to recall it was a restaurant when it opened but I’m not sure if that was the true purpose, or if it even had a true purpose

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You’re right Duke, it opened as the Steglitz Tower restaurant. Now, simply a brutalist folly.

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The new-ish Glasgow Colleges always reminded me of the Benjamin Franklin Campus - that inspiration was denied when asked

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Building begann in 1972 and it got finished in 1976, but the planning began in 1966/67 with the architects being responsible for the 2 crossing tube stations underneath, the street and the highway bridge above it. The tower itself is anchored by the underground train stations.

Here is an interesting interview with the surviving architect - unfortunately, it’s in German…

https://www.moderne-regional.de/interview-ursulina-schueler-witte-zum-bierpinsel/

The initial setup was a nightclub, a bar and a restaurant.

It was empty for some time after 2002 and got sprayed in 2009. The architects tried to prevent that from happening.

Empty ever since and still not returned to the red coat…

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Took a stroll around the old airfield 2 minutes away from my block. Its situated between the old canadian and US quarters in Karlsruhe and is now a nature conservation area for birds and insects. Lots of rabbits live here and get hunted with falcons to control the population. Goats are used to mow the grass. Else it's mostly bushes and weeds :D

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