Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Berlin - Friedrichshain / Am Oberbaum ...

... an U-bahn train on the elevated viaduct ...

... The Oberbaumbrücke (1896),
designed in North German Brick Gothic,
by architect and government official Otto Stahn,

...is a double-deck bridge crossing Berlin's River Spree,
considered one of the city landmarks.
It links Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, former
boroughs
that were divided by the Berlin Wall, and has become
an important symbol of Berlin’s unity ...

source: en.wikipedia.org

... An U1-train crosses the Oberbaumbrücke,
view from Mühlenstrasse ...

... Oberbaumbrücke, 1992 ...

... checkpoint Oberbaumbrücke ...
source photo: infoboard
... The Oberbaumbrücke crossed between the American
and Soviet sectors. Until the mid-1950s, pedestrians,
motor vehicles, and the city tramway were able
to cross the bridge without difficulty ...
... Beginning on 21 December 1963, the Oberbaumbrücke
was used as a pedestrian border crossing for
West Berlin residents only ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

... view from Warschauer Strasse ...

Das Eierkühlhaus am Osthafen in Berlin (1929)
designed by Oskar Pusch
Former cold storage depot for eggs
... The nearly solid facade of the storage building,
which once accommodated up to 75 million eggs,
was taken down and replaced with a glass exterior
designed in a diamond pattern, a reference to the
old brick facade. Since 2002, the German head-
quarters of Universal Music have been located here...


... Stralauer Allee, under the bridge...

... Fight Capitalism & Naziscum! pamphlet
antifajugend.de ...

... ribbed vaults under the elevated viaduct...

... mosaic on the western entrance ...

... pillars carved in a Romanesque Revival style ...

... a big one ... (2008) EN
by Blu
blublu.org - official site
... is the pseudonymn of a graffiti artist
working largely in Europe ....

... some more details of the bridge ...

... the towers are each 32 m. high, tower diameter 8 m. ...
the base is made of granite, while the projecting
battlements
and towers are made of bricks ...

... lurking around a corner of the bridge ...

The Treptowers (1998)
by architect Gerhard Spangenberg.and partners
architects Schweger and Reichel+Stauth from Brunswick
by en.wikipedia.org
... are a complex of buildings with a distinctive high-rise
building in the district of Alt-Treptow of Berlin ...


Molecule Man (1997)
by Jonathan Borofsky
... Before the building sits in the Spree, the 30-meter high
sculpture Molecule Man by Jonathan Borofsky,
whose three figures, the combination of the three
districts Treptow, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain,
symbolise here in this place ...

source: en.wikipedia.org

... After the opening of the Wall in 1989, and German
reunification the following year, the bridge was
restored to its former appearance, albeit with a
new steel middle section designed by the
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava ..

source: en.wikipedia.org

... stencil street art hidden in corner
of the bridge...


... back to the U-Bahnhof Warschauer Strasse ...

... an F92-type train in U-Bbf. Warschauer Strasse ...

... interior of an F92-type train ...

... crossing the bridge, the U-Bahn uses
the upper deck
of the bridge ...

... view Treptowers, Spree River and
Osthafen from U-bahn (elevated viaduct) ...


Oberbaumbrücke ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The two towers were inspired by the Middle Gate Tower in
the northern Brandenburg city of Prenzlau.
Although purely cosmetic, they served as a reminder
that the site was once Berlin’s river gateway ...

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