In the 1930s Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was at the height of his power. Hitler envisioned Berlin as the capital of a new global empire, and - together with his favorite architect, Alber Speer - he embarked on a massive urban redesign project. The centerpiece of this project was to be the massive Volkshalle, a dome so immense it could have comfortably housed St. Peter’s Basilica inside it.
Construction of such a gigantic structure presented numerous problems, the biggest one being that Berlin was founded on a swamp. In order to estimate the ability of its soft underlying soil to sustain the weight of their planned dome, the Nazis decided to conduct an experiment. In 1941, they built a huge concrete cylinder, 18 meters high and weighing about 12,650 metric tons. If this “Schwerbelastungskörper” (German for “heavy loading body”) sunk less then 6 centimeters, the soil would be deemed solid enough to sustain the dome. In fact, the cylinder sank over 18 centimeters in three years.
|The Frame Collector’s Museum||2011||2.2km||site_ao|
|Das Schicksal Der (Fate of) Bravenleavanne||2013||2km||site_ao|
|Wir Waren Nachbarn (We Were Neighbors)||2016||1.8km||site_ao|
|Berlin Story Bunker||2014||2.2km||site_ao|
|Liquidrom in Berlin, Germany||2016||2.1km||site_ao|
|Prussian National Monument for the Liberation Wars||2018||0.8km||site_ao|
|Berlin’s Museum of Unheard of Things||2017||0.9km||site_ao|
|Parking Garage and Apartment Complex Kirchbachstraße 1 & 2||1.3km||site_brutalism|
|House of the Family (today: Family Center)||1km||site_brutalism|
|Parish Hall 12 Apostles||2km||site_brutalism|
|Tempelhof City Hall (Extension)||1955||2.5km||site_brutalism|
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