Kaiser Friedrich memorial church

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Kaiser Friedrich memorial church is a part of the Hansaviertel building project located in the western part of the Tiergarten.

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It was opened in 1957 as a part of the Interbau, the first successful architecture exhibition in Berlin after World War II. As such it symbolised a new are in city’s history and was accordingly built in a modernist style, connecting it to the St. Ansgar church built in the same time in close proximity to the Kaiser Friedrich memorial church, right on the other side of Hansaviertel.

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In similar vein to the St. Ansgar is is built out of concrete, aluminium and glass that comprise repeatable elements assembled together to create a whole, in the spirit of factory assembly line.

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It is larger of the two with bigger bell tower, it is however more raw in its outlook, making the form much simpler, albeit at the expense of having much less windows.

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Its ornamentaion is very simple and scarce, maintained in primitivist style, referring to pre rennaissance church aesthetic.

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Nowadays it mostly serves as an example of how people after World War II imagined the future and how different their imagination was to how it really unfolded.

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