Named after the architect who created the project, Walter Gropius, in 1960, the huge housing estate called Gropiusstadtstarted its first few decades of existance in the steely glare of the Berlin Wall. Its location is in the southern part of the Neukölln borough, bordering with the neighboroughing state of Brandenberg and leafy Britz to the north, which is home to Bruno Taut & Martin Wagner’s Hufeisensiedlung (the horseshoe-shaped housing estate).

This place felt very different to other parts of Berlin, it feels like there’s an apocalyptic atmosphere brewing due to its isolation from the rest of the city. There’s an uneasy silence with that knowing feeling that somebody is watching you as you walk beneath the shadows of the blocks.


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