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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1936


    • SPACE TYPE: Sports facility

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

    The Olympic village is located at Estal in Wustermark, on the western edge of Berlin. The site, which was 30 kilometres from the centre of the city, consisted of dormitories, dining areas, a swimming pool and training facilities. On the site of th [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Barrack or base

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    On the way from Zehdenick to Templin you drive through a large forest area. Nothing suggests that, far to the left hidden in the woods, a secret city of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (GSSD) was located. Here lived, according to current kno [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Barrack or base

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    What once started as a German military shooting range in the 1800s soon became one of Europe’s largest military bases during WWI. In 1919 the Army Sports School was established here, training German athletes ahead of the 1936 Olympic Games in Be [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Former canteen of the Kombinat Ingenieur, Tief und Verkehrsbau in Rostock. The building is unusual in that the roof is not supported by the external walls. Rather it is comprised of several concrete "funnels" which can be seen in the photo of the [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1934


    • SPACE TYPE: Barrack or base

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Forst Zinna was a military complex built in 1934 by the SS  and expanded in the years thereafter. After the Second World War it was used by the red army and, from 1947, by the German Academy of Public Administration , founded by decision of the SED. [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1937


    • SPACE TYPE: Barrack or base

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    The site was used by the German army since 1937 when the cavalry moved its school from Hannover. It was also used as a driving training centre until the Russians took control of the area, taking over a day after the Germans abandoned it April 26, [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1936


    • SPACE TYPE: Barrack or base

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Demolished

    Former german/russian military airfield with barracks. In early 1945 Zerbst became one of the first airbases in the world to operate jet fighters. Build in 1936 for the Luftwaffe, demolished in 2015. Source: ronaldv.nl [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1963


    • SPACE TYPE: Other


    • SPACE TYPE: Antenna tower

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    During the cold war NSA Field Station Teufelsberg formed part of the Echelon spy network, a signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory states to the UKUSA Security Agreement. Today it stands [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1947


    • SPACE TYPE: Factory

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    VEB Combine Textima was a producer 0f machines for the textile industry, made up of many dispossessed enterprises. After 1990 it was called Textima AG and in 1996  it turned insolvent [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1969


    • SPACE TYPE: Theme park

    The entertainment park was opened in 1969 as Kulturpark Plänterwald, covering an area of 29.5 hectares. The area is situated in the north of the Plänterwald, next to the river Spree. From 2011 to 2014 (when the City of Berlin bought the Spreepar [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1966


    • SPACE TYPE: Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Reactivated

    An Ullrich Müther creation with a roof supported only by a central concrete funnel which can be clearly seen in the photo. Built in 1966, the building has subsequently been restored and is now part of a new residential complex at the site (2015 [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Factory

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    In Pirna, on top of the Sonnenstein hill, residence the center of DDR aircraft industry. It was part of the VEB Combine Generating plant Engineering and Construction. After 1990 it was privatized and 5 years later declared insolvent. Text by Mark [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Hospital

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

    Built in 1898 and designed by architect Heino Schmieden, Beelitz was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s response to skyrocketing tuberculosis rates brought on by urbanisation. A 600- bed complex equipped with the latest technologies, it allowed patients to revel [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Factory

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    The aerial ropeway was, during the late 19th century until the Second World War, one of  the most famous modes of transport of ressources especially for mining.  The company Adolf Bleichert & Co. Leipzig- Gohlis controlled most of the ropew [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1936


    • SPACE TYPE: Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

    "Seebad Prora" was a Nazi- planned spa on the island Rügen, Germany. The massive building complex was built 1936- 1939 by the "Strength Through Joy" (Kraft durch Freude or KdF) association. The eight buildings were identical, and although they we [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1936


    • SPACE TYPE: Barrack or base

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Enormous German military area that was used as testing grounds for secret artillery weapons. After WW2 these grounds were taken over by the Russians and it remained an important Army Combat Training Centre. There’s a strange Jewish cemetery on [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1971


    • SPACE TYPE: Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Ruin

    Completely abandoned GDR leisure/culture complex built by the Free German Trade Union Federation (FDGB). Almost beyond restoration. More information here: Templin Stadt - Parkanlage im Bürgergarten / FDGB Heim "Salvador Allende" (GERMAN) R [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1974


    • SPACE TYPE: Public institution's headquarters

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    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 [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1910


    • SPACE TYPE: Theatre, Cinema

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Built in 1910 as UFA- Cinema, it was after renewed in 1954-1955 and today is included in the list of monuments of Brandenburg. On the eve of May 1st, 1955 it officially reopened with the DEFA film "Sommerliebe" by Franz Barrenstein, a romanti [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1936


    • SPACE TYPE: Political/cultural association

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    This lakeside complex, originally a villa, was a Berlin’s gift to Joseph Goebbels (Haus am Bogensee). After the Second World War, the building was handed over to the FDJ (a socialist youth organization), which set up its Youth Academy there. [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1970

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Part of the post war development of Thälmannplatz, this administrative building was erected in 1970. It has since been stripped of its aluminium cladding and redeveloped for other purposes. The aluminium façade was designed by Walter Funkat. The [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1941


    • SPACE TYPE: Altro

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Reactivated

    The Heavy Load- bearing Body, Schwerbelastungskörper, is an Albert Speer designed bunker-like concrete structure built to study the feasibility of constructing a massive triumphal arch on the site. It is located in the intersection of Dudenstraße w [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1957


    • SPACE TYPE: Theatre, Cinema, Discoteque

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    House of Culture (German: Kulturhaus) in Zinnowitz, relic of the former German Democratic Republic and example of Socialist Classicism. Houses of Culture were major club-houses in the USSR and the Eastern bloc. They provided room for all kinds of rec [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1939


    • SPACE TYPE: Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Built in 1939 by prisoners at Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp for the Deutsche Ausrüstungswerke (a defense contractor), this bakery supplied the camp as well as other SS units in Berlin and its surrounds. Around 80 prisoners produced up to 4 [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1924

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    The old fair in Leipzig (Alte Messe) includes a collection of buildings converted to a supermarket, a gym, a furniture mall, and still many corners abandoned or on sale. The main landmark is represented by the Soviet Pavillon, an abandoned building w [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Shop

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Abandoned small shop from the DDR period in Cottbus Sandow. It is part of a small collection of single storey shops and a restaurant which is itself abandoned [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    After the second World War the so called Freyberg Brewery was confiscated. The name changed during this time a lot but mainly it was a part of the VEB Beverage Combine Halle and produced beer until 1990. See the brewery in this map dated 1934 [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1952


    • SPACE TYPE: Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    This is the Clubhouse Buna, "House of Friendship" of the VEB Chemical factory Buna. Primarly meant for the 20,000 workers of the site, it was also used by GDR television and theater ensembles. It was built in 1952/53 and was later famous as "X50". [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: School, Other

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    Abandoned school restaurant in the former large housing estate "Am Waldrand" on the western edge of Schwedt/Oder. As well as a restaurant the building contained rooms for theatre and dance. Most of the surrounding blocks of flats have been demol [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1935


    • SPACE TYPE: Propaganda place

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    The Nazi party rally grounds covered about 11 square kilometres in the southeast of Nuremberg, Germany. Six Nazi party rallies were held there between 1933 and 1938. The Zeppelin Field was planned by Hitlers chief architect Albert Speer, build fro [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1935


    • SPACE TYPE: Propaganda place

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    The Nazi party rally grounds covered about 11 square kilometres in the southeast of Nuremberg, Germany. Six Nazi party rallies were held there between 1933 and 1938. The Congress Hall was planned by the Nuremberg architects Ludwig and Franz Ruff, [...]

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    • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1935


    • SPACE TYPE: Propaganda place

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    The Nazi party rally grounds covered about 11 square kilometres in the southeast of Nuremberg, Germany. Six Nazi party rallies were held there between 1933 and 1938. The Zeppelin Grandstand was planned by Hitlers chief architect Albert Speer and w [...]

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    • SPACE TYPE: Shop

    • PRESERVATION STATUS: Abandoned

    A leftover from the German Democratic Republic in Cottbus [...]

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