7 thoughts on “Futuristic East German Workers’ Safety Pod

  1. Thank you for the discovery – and to Stephan for his addition! That poststamp about Berlin Restaurant “Ahornblatt” reminded me to the Potsdam Cafe “Seerose” – and it was also designed by Ulrich Müther. http://www.potsdam-wiki.de/index.php/Seerose

    I think it one of the most interesting buildings of the DDR-times in Potsdam. And it still arouses kind of discussions:
    “Tag des offenen Denkmals 2013 (8.September 2013)
    Thema: “Jenseits des Guten und Schönen: Unbequeme Denkmale?”
    […] Potsdam hat auch zahlreiche bauliche Zeugnisse aus der DDR-Zeit (wie das Cafe “Seerose” an der Neustädter Havelbucht), welche nicht unmittelbar ein allgemeines Schönheitsempfinden hervorrufen und erklärt werden müssen. […]”
    http://www.potsdam.de/cms/beitrag/10112457/31478/2?print=J

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  2. Your DDR lifeguard tower bears a stunning resemblance to a corporately-sponsored vision of capitalist future chic that was on display at the most American place ever — take a look at Disneyland’s House of the Future, brought to you by Monsanto:

    http://www.yesterland.com/futurehouse.html

    (That wasn’t Disneyland’s only flirtation with Socialist architecture, either. Tomorrowland’s World Clock — http://www.yesterland.com/worldclock.html — shares a certain similarity to Alexanderplatz’s Weltzeituhr.)

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  3. (Also, John Lautner’s Chemosphere, inspiration for that frame from the Simpsons, has a German connection — it’s owned by Benedikt Taschen, of seventy-pound-art-book fame.)

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