Stacked Berlin – The Hidden Beauty of the Plattenbau

photos: Malte Brandenburg

What to do when you miss your hometown? Right – you just take it with you, piece by piece!

I always liked Berlin’s post-war buildings, the so-called “Plattenbau”. I spent my fair share in and around them as a kid when playing with my friends who lived there. I think they are a very interesting part of Berlin – they hold a lot of history, the foundation of what makes Berlin a very special place. And I am happy to see that the city is able to re-create itself, that these buildings might be ugly, but people have started to like them again.

With my photo series “Stacked” I simply wanted to be able to see these buildings next to each other, see how similar they are and how nice they look on a bright and sunny day. And by isolating them, I wanted to touch upon this particular concept of urban life, vertical density instead of horizontal density, and how society around these buildings evolves.

Text & Photos: Malte Brandenburg

on March 17th, 2016
updated on March 17th, 2016
in Photos

4 Responses to “Stacked Berlin – The Hidden Beauty of the Plattenbau”

  1. Anja Says:

    I like it! Looks like some Toy Houses!

  2. Robert Says:

    I love it! I a illustration like this once:
    funny how it reminds me of these photos. 🙂

  3. Nina Says:

    cool perspective and colour mood. I like.

  4. Blondbluey Says:

    Never knew these buildings had a name. What does Plattenbau actually mean?

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