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Residential Complex “bercahaus”

The expressive aura of a fragment of Berlin

conrad-bercah

Like many comparable ancient Greek words that sum up a state of mind or sentiment, the German term Stimmung is difficult to translate, needing a paraphrase to really get across the meaning. Stimmung indicates that particular mood, emotional state or openness to situations that require sensitivity, tact and circumspection.

The small building designed by conrad-bercah in Berlin exhibits a special sort of Stimmung worth describing. Let us start with the city where it was built, Berlin. Here, history and the destruction of that history has given us an urban landscape where, despite the urgent reconstruction, you still feel strains of the former city of the Romantics, which, like London, grew up out of many different small towns, becoming a single city only later on. Still today when in Berlin, you feel, as if by magic, the presence of what once was a...

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