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Einstein Tower

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in Berlin, Germany.

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Built for Erwin Freundlich, to validate Einstein"s theory of relativity, this was Mendelsohn"s first major commission. It is located in the Albert Einstein Science Park. The building was first conceived around 1917 and became operational in 1924. It is still a working solar observatory as part of the Astrophysical Institute of Potsdam. Light from the telescope is brought down through the shaft to the basement where the instruments and laboratory are located. The exterior is brick covered with stucco, having recently been fully renovated for its 75th anniversary, to correct problems with dampness and decay. It is a prime example of Expressionist architecture.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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