We just completely updated our website. Let us know if you are encountering any issues.


The relentless predator that is time can be measured in an almost infinite variety of ways, from binary code to grains of sand to numbers and letters, but Germany’s Mengenlehreuhr claims to be the first timepiece that measures our slow journey through this life in nothing more than colors, light, and set theory.

Designed like a retro-futuristic conversation piece, the clock was first installed in Berlin in 1975, commissioned by the Berlin senate and designed by inventor Dieter Binninger. The retro-futuristic timepiece consists of 24 lights that blink on and off in patterns that measure a 24-hour cycle for those who can decipher the code. Some of the lights represent five hour units, while others represent one hour units, and still others denote minutes and seconds. If added correctly, one can decipher the time. 



World Heritage Sites Brutalisms Atlas Obscuras Audio Guides News
Feuermelder 20211.7kmsite_ao
IRI THESys Walkshop on Urban Infrastructure en 2.3kmsite_izi
Berlin – out to Potsdam, the Olympic Stadium and much more. Travelbook en 20132.4kmsite_izi
Berlin Victory Column 20191.3kmsite_ao
Propeller Island City Lodge 20122.6kmsite_ao
The Frame Collector’s Museum 20111kmsite_ao
Freedom Bell 20162.3kmsite_ao
Where the Conspirators That Tried to Kill Hitler Met Their Deaths 20161.5kmsite_ao
Where the Conspirators That Tried to Kill Hitler Met Their Deaths 20161.5kmsite_ao
Bahnhof Berlin Zoologischer Garten 20090.5kmsite_ao
Hansa Studios 20162.6kmsite_ao
Wir Waren Nachbarn (We Were Neighbors) 20162.2kmsite_ao
The ‘Hand with Watch’ Sculpture 20181.6kmsite_ao
Museum of Rescued Letters 20181.7kmsite_ao
Berlin’s Museum of Unheard of Things 20172.4kmsite_ao
Berlin’s Massive Carillon 20182.3kmsite_ao
‘Stand By Me’ Tree 20171.4kmsite_ao
Parking Garage and Apartment Complex Kirchbachstraße 1 & 2 2kmsite_brutalism
Apartment Complex Uhlandstraße 0.9kmsite_brutalism
Parish Hall 12 Apostles 1.4kmsite_brutalism
Bürohaus An der Urania (today: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung) 0.7kmsite_brutalism
Department of architecture, Technische Universität Berlin 19621.5kmsite_brutalism
St. Norbert 2.5kmsite_brutalism
Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) 19581.8kmsite_brutalism

About the source: Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura aims 'to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share'. You can contribute to their collection on their website.

Leave a Reply