Photographs of Berlin’s Post-War Housing Estates

”Stacked”, a photo project by Malte Brandenburg about the large post-war housing estates in Berlin.

Malte Brandenburg is a self-taught photographer. Before he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, he lived in Berlin, where he captured this photo series called “Stacked”.

Monotonous architecture of the post-war housing estates in Berlin captured by Malte Brandenburg, a Copenhagen, Denmark based photographer.
Monotonous architecture of the post-war housing estates in Berlin shot by Malte Brandenburg, a Copenhagen, Denmark based photographer.

Malte Brandenburg says: “It’s an approach to the large post-war housing estates in Berlin.” These high-rise buildings are based on the idea of a rapid and inexpensive construction in order to provide a maximum number of residential opportunities.

They were built in form of massive tower blocks in a fairly identical style, but on closer inspection you will find a lot of variation. As already mentioned, these buildings were intended to provide modern and affordable housing for typical families of the middle class.

After the German reunification, there was a booming housing market and the people had other affordable alternatives. In addition, a demographic change occurred and people preferred the more charming renovations of older buildings or the middle class left to build their own houses in the suburbs.

In recent years, these post-war housing estates became social hot spots and various initiatives tried to counter the negative effects by painting the rather grey buildings. After all the time, many of these buildings are still a prominent part of Berlin’s cityscape.

Malte Brandenburg has taken lots of photos of these buildings to show you their monotony but also their diversity. Have a look at the images below. You can find more of Malte Brandenburg’s photographic work on his website.

”Stacked” is a photo project by Malte Brandenburg about the large post-war housing estates in Berlin.
”Stacked” is a photo project by Malte Brandenburg about the large post-war housing estates in Berlin.

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