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  • BERLIN’S METRO STATIONS (1953–1987)

    A trip with Berlin’s U-Bahn is a journey through time, taking you back through the city’s post-war modernist architecture. The diversity of station design incorporates some striking structural developments, ranging in expression from low-key elegance to cheerful colour and even imaginative storytelling.

    In West Berlin, Bruno Grimmek devised a simple design system for the stations he built in 1961 (now U6, U9). Open space and ceramic tiles in pale colours were intended to convey a spirit of freedom and optimism.

    Ursulina Schüler-Witte and Ralf Schüler, who designed the station at Schloßstraße (1976, U9), juxtaposed grey unfinished concrete with brightly hued new materials: plastic and aluminium. The shape of an underground carriage and contemporary tastes in colour inspired Alexander Fabian’s station at Halemweg (1977, U7).

    Fewer new stations were built in East Berlin. Priority went to repairing the existing stock, much of it severely damaged. In 1987 the station at Klosterstraße was completely restored and the northern entrance hall was retiled. Instead of adverts, the walls behind the track have been lined ever since with enamel boards recalling historical rail vehicles in Berlin.

Exhibited Objects

Results:  13

DVD "U-Bahnhof Klosterstraße. Nicht irgendein Bahnhof..."
The 200 km Plan
  • 1977
  • Druck auf PVC-Bodenbelag, 2019
  • ca. 200 x 257 cm (Blattmaß)
U-Bahnhof Halemweg – Schalterhalle: Ansicht, Lageplan
  • 20.03.1977
  • Faserstift, Diazotypie auf Papier
  • 60 x 181 cm (Blattmaß)
U-Bahnhof Halemweg – Schalterhalle "Lichtband": Schnitt
  • 1977
  • Faserstift auf Transparentpapier
  • 30 x 24 cm (Blattmaß)
U-Bahnhof Halemweg – Schalterhalle, Signet: Wandgestaltung Ansicht
  • 1977
  • Faserstift auf Transparentpapier
    Karton
  • 17,8 x 24 cm (Außenmaß)
Metro Station Fehrbelliner Platz, Entrance Building
  • 1971
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 17 x 23,4 cm (Fotopapiermaß)
Berlin Center (East) - Traffic Planning North of Alexanderplatz
  • um 1965
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 32 x 40 cm (Blattmaß)
Berlin Center (East) - Traffic Planning North of Alexnderplatz
  • um 1965
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 30,3 x 40 cm (Blattmaß)
Metro Station Spichernstraße
  • um 1961
  • Inkjet Print, 2019
  • 42 x 59 cm (Blattmaß)
Tiles Metro Station Birkenstraße
  • um 1960
  • Keramik
Metro Station Holzhauser Straße
  • um 1957
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 12,3 x 23,1 cm (Bildmaß)
Metro Station Seidelstraße
  • um 1957
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 16,4 x 23,6 cm (Bildmaß)