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is a part of East Berlin from1949. It remained a rural site until from 1977 vast housing estates were built in the typical ‘Plattenbau’ style on its fields by order of the East German authorities. Due to this very strict style of construction the individual houses looking very similar to each other. On top of this, colours for the facades were forbidden by the East German authorities, so this housing estates became very well known as a grey and depressing place to live in. After the reunion in 1990 the government invested loads of money to bring the place back to life. The majority of the houses is in a good condition now although they are still similar to each other and the area around provides a depressing vibe. With this photo series I wanted to call out the similarity of the houses and the contrast between the depressing vibe and the now colourful facades.
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Minimal architecture photography by Simone Hutsch
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