Haus der Statistik („House of Statistics“)

Haus der Statistik („House of Statistics“)

The „House of Statistics“ (German: Haus der Statistik) was built between 1968 and 1970. It is in Otto-Braun-Straße, north-east of Berlin Alexanderplatz.

The building was the seat of the central administration for statistics in the former GDR. East Germany rebuilt Alexanderplatz and its surroundings in the 1960s and 1970s to a “modern Socialist quarter’”. On the upper floors a few departments of the Ministry for State Security had their office up there to have a good view on Alexanderplatz.

Haus of Statistics (back), © Nina Schwarz

After the German reunification the Stasi Records Agency had their offices in the building for a few years. But since 2008 the whole complex remained empty. And you can definitely see it. Berlin Senate bought the quarter with this and some other buildings. The plan was to tear everything down and build new buildings. But now it will be mixture of new buildings and renovating old ones.

Last week I heard about the Plans for the “House of Statistics”:

If these plans will be implemented and in what time I have no idea. But I thought it would be best if I would quickly take a few photos before everything changes. I will definitely watch it closely and document the changes.


Copyright all photos: Nina Schwarz

Berlinale in Berlin

Berlinale in Berlin

I start my new photo blog with the film festival Berlinale. It is a big event for the city an brings lots of visitors to Berlin.

I must admit I don’t go very often to the movies but I like the atmosphere during one of the largest public film festivals in the world. Find all the information on the Berlinale Website

I’m living in Berlin since 2001 and over the years I took many photos. But in recent years I have neglected my hobby photography a bit. Beside photos I will take walks through the city and I want to do a special project this year. I would like to take “now and then” photos, using historical photos as “templates”.

I have never tried this before but I would like to see the city with a “historic eye” and learn more about the city.

This is the reason why I start my blog with a Berlinale post.

One of the reasons I have never been to one of the films during the festival are these long queues. I don’t want to get up early in the morning to wait for hours to get tickets. And I don’t have time to do so with my full time job. But this is one of the “attractions” of the film festival. People queue at several places but the most famous one is this in the shopping centre “Potsdamer Platz Arkaden.”

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