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  • Posted May 25, 2012 by Jay in Architecture. Viewed 5649 times

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At least it's still standing!

Well, of course if possible, many German architects seem to feel some odd need to alter what is old whether it needs it or not. Or, they just get the politicos to tear it down so they can build something without soul. So, adding something glass around it always seems to be the way to do it - in their opinions. Gee, how original.

Well, since they feel they HAVE to do something, I guess the “modernization” of this particular building is probably the least offensive as compared to other travesties committed to old architecture here: things I wouldn't waste the click of the camera on.

At least they let the building remain standing and didn't replace it with something like they did here: German architects' idea of “modern improvements” [photoblog.com]

I make no bones about not being a friend of many German architects and city planners. (I.e. “Stuttgart 21” and all that it is destroying here.)

At least the original building is left pretty much alone within its new, but unnecessary, glass casing.

They just don't make this stuff anymore, but there are way too many people willing turn it to dust. I guess I will never understand how so much can be MISSING in the minds of politicians who okay it, bureaucrats who could care less and rubber-stamp it, and architects who toy with and destroy it: kind of like mankind's general relation to Mother Nature, somehow.

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    • # Christa

      Wasn't the Eiffer tower not also considered a "monster" at the time it was built? :))

      2012.06.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Veronica

      yep! on a much smaller scale. i was/am renovating my 1936 house. fortunately i had help. i would ruin it with my ideas.

      2012.05.30 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Bryan

      Great angle on #1. You captured the size and texture of this building wonderfully...why the cages around the statues?

      2012.05.27 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Inawe

      yeah, they don't build them like this any more. This building has character...even the glass casing can't take it away ;)
      Another interesting set from you :)

      2012.05.26 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Eiram

      I thought about this problem yesterday, when I walked down the Celetná street - a street that leads from Old Town Square to Powder tower(gothic) passing all the baroque buildings...at the corner there is a cubist house - a real gem today...all those styles seem to live in perfect harmony (and I can only imagine how the people reacted, when they first saw the cubist house back then....)

      2012.05.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      Did I ever mention that we (1st husband) owned an architectural firm that specialized in restoration of old buildings? Anyway I spent 25 years seeing this 'dilemma' played out all over this country to various ends. Buildings need to be functional by todays standards but many times people aren't willing (or can't afford) to spend the money required to make the transition in a way that sensitive to the history of a building. It is almost always more expensive to do it 'right' than to just do it... and money is usually the biggest concern now. Unlike the people who built them, who thought about beauty....

      OH... nice photos! Sorry I got 'going' there.... 8^)

      2012.05.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Claude

      Beautibul post.
      Question : pigeons are they useful for something in our world ;-) ??

      2012.05.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Antonio Gil

      That glass casing is something coming from an horror movie. Although i like some of the modern architecture, that usually works if it doesn´t collide with buildings like that you just showed us.

      2012.05.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Larry Sample

      Very well photographed, in my opinion. More than anything I am puzzled by the need for netting around the statues. To keep the birds off? If that is the case, this reminds me off people that place plastic covers over furniture and carpeting to keep it new. Is it just me?

      2012.05.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gillian Parsons

      I know we have this in London which has become a real muddle of modern and old.......... why they have to change things all the time I don't know. Now I sound like my Mother OH DEAR :-)

      2012.05.25 Edited Reply Cancel