Sunday, 20 March 2011

Hellersdorf Trompe-l'œil

Mile upon mile of blocks of DDR-era Plattenbau high-rise flats stretch out East from Berlin providing accomodation for hundreds of thousands of families. This area, centred around Marzhan, is a place few tourists choose to explore. That's if they even know about it from a few footnotes in their tourist guides. But even Plattenbau can be Geil, as demonstrated here by some imaginatively rejuvenated high-rise flats on Stendaler Straße in Hellersdorf (click for bigger!):

Plattenbau doesn't need trompe l'oeil cats painted on it to make it look attractive though (but it helps!), just an eye for the effective use of colour:

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