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Former Iraqi Embassy in Berlin The embassy of the first non-Socialist government to recognize the GDR

Former Iraqi Embassy in Berlin

Tschaikowskistraße 51, Berlin 13156, Germany
ARCHITECTS NAME: Horst Bauer

  • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1974


  • SPACE TYPE: Public institution's headquarters

  • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

Tags: DDR, Germany, Totally Lost 2015

The Iraqi Embassy was planned and designed in 1974 by a German- Iraqi Architect Group, headed by Horst Bauer. The building itself is mainly made up of standardized prefabricated elements (the famous plattenbauten), which were produced by the Berlin based factory Kombinat Ingenieurhochbau Berlin.

The buildings surrounding the Iraqi Embassy were designed in a similar fashion and made up the so- called diplomatic district of Pankow as they served as the embassies of France, Italy and Australia, as well as the residence of the Polish Ambassador to the GDR.

In 1969, Iraq was the first non-Socialist government to recognize the GDR under international law.

Source: digitalcosmonaut (ENGLISH) and wikipedia (GERMAN)

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CONTRIBUTOR: Katja Volkenant