A blog by Andie Gilmour about two Brits & four cats moving to Berlin and living at the heart of Europe. With advice on surviving in Germany, and where to visit and especially photograph. Plus occasional blogs about music, food, and films.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
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: