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What was this building supposed to be? Who was it built for and what was special about it? Restaurants and a bowling alley, a large hall, a theater in the foyer, a meeting place for the People’s Chamber. The Palace of the Republic was a house of countless places. This PalastBar is all about the architecture and design of the individual locations – with a talk, pecha kucha, drinks and DJ set.

We playfully immerse ourselves in the catacombs, the small intricacies and the large steel girders of the Palace of the Republic. No building in the GDR embodied the spirit of progress and the political thinking of the powerful as much as the Palace of the Republic. Materials were brought to Berlin from all parts of the republic, and from abroad and things that had previously seemed impossible became a reality.

The result was a building that could do many things and attracted many people: straightforward, modern and visionary.

This evening’s guest is Prof. Wolf R. Eisentraut, the last living architect of the Palast from the collective around Heinz Graffunder.

This will be followed by clever and lightning-fast colleagues who will discuss the architecture and design of the palace in a Pecha Kucha format:

Silke Ihden-Rothkirch, editor and curator in the field of architectural and design history
Zsófia Kelm, art historian
Martin Maleschka, photographer, documentarist and chronicler of “Ostmoderne”, postcard collector
Oliver Sukrow, TU – Darmstadt, Department of Architectural Theory and Science

Host: Ludwig Henze, known in Berlin as the host of bingo evenings


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The Palace of the Republic
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