Famously Portuguese buildings are beloved because they often feature certain tiled surfaces. The color and pattern palette is varied but they’re mostly very bright. In the city scapes of postwar Germany tiled facades were also very common especially since the 60s but it saddens me very much that they can’t find the love its related variety has in Portugal. On the contrary it seems that whenever I mention them in conversation that except for some connoisseurs they’re pretty much hated here.
Here usually there is no pattern on the tile itself because they were mass produced therefore have no hand painted floral motifs or similar. Though some of the funky tiles of the 70s come with color grading effects due to the nature of glazing and firing methods used. In a lot of facades patterns were created in arranging differently colored tiles some reminding me strongly of pixellated video games of the 80s. But my heart belongs to the carefully minimalist laid white facades of the white variety, used in a lot of buildings especially here in Cologne. Rectangular in shape but always adding a sweet cube like charm to any building. Here are some further examples.
A really well done semi abstract sculpture of Germany’s coat of arms eagle the Bundesadler hangs at the front of the former Post- und Fernmeldeamt Freiburg, developed and built 1954-1961. Now Carl-Schurz Haus, a German-American educational institution.
The building is part of a bigger complex and only the main building has the red sandstone cladded exterior which has become pinkish over time. The rest of the complex has only two to three stories and appears in a light green color.
As usual with buildings from the 50s they appear today as very reserved and minimalist but when you get closer you can spot all these thoughtful details which make the whole architecture very sophisticated. Examples are the flat flying roofs or these fun glass bricks at one side pointing to the googie style.
Very near to the big cathedral of Cologne there is the Disch-Haus, an architectural masterpiece which people pass daily. With its smooth simplicity it blends perfectly in with the surrounding buildings and you may not even realize that it doesn’t stem from the 50s like Continue reading →
Three giants of all life ages carrying the world designed 1895 in the then requested style of Historicism by Prussian sculptor Ernst Wenck who later went on to become a member of the Berlin Secession.
On the sides flanked by allegories of transportation and science having each their companion pointing to the emblem in the middle depicting the imperial eagle, making clear who enables them to strive. Originally the Continue reading →
As much as I love ancient buildings, I also admire monoliths of neo-modern architecture.
Today we went to a zoo located in the outer rims of Freiburg. The whole district is called Rieselfeld and a part of it got transformed into a residential area. A very new borough with a very new church. Continue reading →
This is the Hotel Zum Roten Bären in Freiburg. It is supposedly the oldest inn of Germany. After suffering damages through WWII the hotel got renewed. In the 50s the exterior was painted in a historic style depicting rhomb shapes and coat of arms from former inn keepers. For the paint mineral colors were used which will stay vivid with just minor upkeep.
At Christmas I got to visit the beautiful city of Freiburg. It is located right at the Black Forrest and holds a lot of nicely restored historic buildings. The streets in the city center are still structured in Continue reading →