The Mossehaus, plus some rubble

We've seen the idea of old meeting new already in the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche and there are more modern buildings where it can also be seen in practise. It's a concept which goes back much further, though, as this next building shows - the Mossehaus.


The Mossehaus


This was originally a building by Cremer und Wolffenstein, completed in 1903. It was damaged during the January uprising in 1919 and its owner, publisher Rudolf Mosse, employed leading modernist architect Erich Mendelsohn to rework and expand the building. With various building and roadworks taking place in the road, it was difficult to find a good angle to photograph it from, but I hope this gives some idea of what a dramatic piece of architecture Mendelsohn's reworking is, having the lines of a cruise ship, or an airliner with outspread wings.

The building fell into disrepair after World War II and was repaired in 1992 - 93 with a modern addition on the eastern side (on the left of the picture), but I think it still remains an exciting building, now tucked away among building sites.

Talking of which, I was intrigued to see what was going on just over the road. I think it's time for a black and white moment...


Rubble and a building with holes in it!


They seem to have knocked a building down, then punched a series of holes in the building next to it. There appears to be one hole for each floor of the building, though I can't quite work out why they're staggered like they are. I didn't fancy climbing in to look for clues.

Actually, this building is another piece of GDR history:


Sign: Akademie der Landwirtswissenschaften


This was the Akademie der Landwirtswissenschaften (academy of agricultural studies), an agricultural research institute.

The façade is quite imposing:


Façade of the building


It was designed by Hermann Dernburg and Albert Bohm, completed in 1911 and was known as the Krausenhof. It was home to Universum Film AG (Ufa) from 1933 to 1945, then the GDR's Deutsche Film AG (Defa), before the Akademie der Landwirtswissenschaften moved in. The Landesdenkmalamt (the authority which deals with the protection of monuments) moved in here in 1993, before moving to a new office in the Altes Stadthaus in Klosterstraße. The Krausenhof is a listed building and there have been plans to renovate it since at least 2004 (when an article in German newspaper Die Welt reported on its situation), but as you can see, not much has happened yet.

Anyway, it's time to move on...

U-Bahn: 
Spittelmarkt (U2)
Location: 
The Krausenhof
Krausenstraße
10117 Berlin
The Mossehaus
Schützenstraße 18 - 25
10117 Berlin

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