Anupam Bansal,
Malini Kochupillai

Architectural Guide


Maholy Nagy

Internationale Zeitschrift
Für Visuelle Kultur

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Wilfried Wang,
Dan Sylvester

Hans Scharoun

Berlin 1956-1963



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The former Universum Cinema, now the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz 


Hostel am Flußbad

Friends of Italian Opera

Babylon Cinema

Franciscan Monastery

Körnerpark Gallery

Universum Cinema

Lübars Village Green

Späthsches Arboretum
Gallery Mutter Fourage

Motor bonnets, ships’ hulls and aircraft wings were the inspiration for Erich Mendelsohn’s highly dynamic architectural work. The Universum-Kino, built on the upper Kurfürstendamm in 1927/8 is regarded as a high point in the exciting work of this master of construction. It was burnt down in the last days of the war. Rebuilt, it gained a reputation in the late 60’s as a beatnik hangout and musical theatre. Then speculative development started. The Mendelsohn building was saved, literally at the last minute by the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer who were looking for larger premises. However, the structural changes that the theatre demanded were so extensive that the alterations, which took from 1978-1981, came to much the same as demolition and rebuilding. The newspaper Der Tagesspiel made fun of the proceedings by asking, “Has a preserved building been saved by being demolished, for without its new use it was impossible to save and without being demolished, impossible to use?” The building, which looks like a huge advertisement hoarding and which meets the Kurfürstendamm at one corner , is one of seven buildings in Berlin that are memorials to this great Jewish architect. It has more significance for the city than simply a document of architectural history.



Address: Lehniner Platz  10709 Berlin
Bus, Tube, Tram: U 7 Adenauerplatz; Bus 110, 119, 129, 219