Hackesche Höfe

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Hackesche Höfe is a copmplex of courtyards connected by small passages in the apartment buildings, located on Rosenthaler Strasse in Berlin.

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Is is one of prime example’s of germany’s Jugendstil (german offshoot of the Art Nouveau style) preserved to this day.

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The complex was designed by August Endel and opened to the public in the beginning of the XX century

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The insides of courtyards are full of unvenen lines, bringing to mind the diversity of nature rather than rigid forms of man made structures, with large windows and small mosaic-like tiles bringing to mind the pearls of Islamic architecture. The courts also differ from each other, bringing the impression of structural chaos even more to the forefront.

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The front facade of the building is more toned down, with ornamentation drawing from the style of historicism, making the building more simmilar tot he surrounding area.

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The building was originally concieved as a quasi shopping mall, and it serves this function to this day, encompassing restaurants, small designer shops and a cinema.

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