The Mehringplatz square – in the center of the cultural metropolis Berlin
In the time of its formation (1732-34) the rondel as the square behind the „Hallesches Tor“ fulfilled the function of connecting the axes Wilhelmstraße, Friedrichstraße and Lindenstraße and to open up the way to the residency. This function became more and more important while the cultural, the economical and the political facilities summarized in the course of the 19. century.
After the division of the city in the cold war the square lost this task and became a residential area in west berlin in a trafic calming zone. Since 1989 the nationwide meaning of the Mehringplatz as a gate to the Friedrichstrasse is growing again.
Even though today's architecture seems to isolate the square from the urban structure it forms a crossroads in the dense network of the surrounding institutions. Until today it is looking for its post-turn identity.
Within spitting distance from the Mehringplatz (max 1000 m) many cultural facilities of international meaning reside.
The Jewish Museum in the Lindenstrasse;
The Berlinische Galerie behind
The german Museum for Technology at the Landwehrkanal, largely visible by a candy bomber integrated in the architecture
The Museum of the Berlin Wall, house at Checkpoint Charlie at the corner Friedrichstrasse/ Kochstrasse
The oldest museum for communication in the Leipziger Strasse
The Martin-Gropius-Bau, venue of Schauplatz bedeutender Wechselausstellungen
The memorial place Topography of terror
the Willy-Brandt-house at the corner Wilhelmstraße/ Stresemannstraße, Federal Centre of the SPD, based on a design from the IBA 1987 (international show of architecture
the Hebbel Theatre HAU 1 at the Stresemannstrasse
Theatre Hebbel am Ufer HAU 2
The Movie Museum, musicaltheatre, cinemas and shoppingmall on the areas of Debis and Sony at the Potsdamer Platz, the youngest example of modern city architecture and lifestyle in Berlin.
The new Tempodrom at the Anhalter Bahnhof, unmistakable venue with its tentlike architecture worth seeing