BERLIN IN A POP ART MOOD
Paul takes us into his world, depicting the best places of Berlin in an amazing and colourful makeover.
# be inspired by architecture
Standing on the site of the former Berlin Wall, spreading on each side of the Spree, the Marie-Elisabeth Lüders House is one of the buildings of the new parliamentary complex. It acts as a powerful symbol uniting East and West. Even if I was not born at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is definitely a milestone that has made its mark over the generations. I like its modernist concrete structure blended with large glass windows, as well as its interplay of straight lines and round shapes giving a spectacular yet streamlined approach. The characteristic round opening of the building could be mirrored in a Mido watch.
Marie-Elisabeth Lüders Haus // Platz des Rebulik 1 // Open Tuesday to Sunday – 11 am to 5pm // +49 30 2270 // www.bundestag.de
# be inspired by eateries
Located on the banks of Halensee in Berlin-Charlottenburg, the Ku’damm Beach by CAPPUCCINO GRAND CAFE is one of the fanciest beach bars Berlin has to offer. Spectacular views over the water along with upscale Italian cuisine. A seaside feeling like a beach life right in the middle of a city. Love it!
Ku’damm Beach by Cappucino Grand Café // Koenigsallee 5B // 9am-24pm // 030 892 85 97 // kudamm-beach.de
# be inspired by shopping
Bikini Berlin, a new concept-mall located in the Charlottenburg district and housed in a Modernist building called Bikinihaus. Amongst the stores there, I like the pop-up shops, the gallery spaces set in a vintage industrial atmosphere. A creative, magnetic and inspirational place. To get a feeling of what’s on, head to the Berlin satellite studio of the California-based ArtCenter College of Design or the Vitra loves Artek store.
www.bikiniberlin.de // Bikini Haus // Budapester Strasse 38-50 // Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm // +49 30 55496454
# be inspired by spectacular views
The Victory Column (the Siegessäule) in the Tiergarten. Enjoy a panoramic view over Berlin from its 50 metre-high observation deck. A must-see when the setting sun bathes the city in a golden glow.
Siegessäule // Grosser Stern // opening hours: April-October: Monday-Friday 9:30-18:30, Saturday and Sunday 9:30-19:00, November –March: Every day 9:30-17:30 // Closed on 24th December // Budget: 3 Euro per person // www.berlin.de
# be inspired by Night time
The Lebensstern Bar at Café Einstein. A 1920s-inspired place in which to savour a must-have well-crafted drink. Pick a spot on the first floor of the villa, or on the terrace in summer, sink into a sofa and contemplate the exhaustive collection of rare spirits.
www.lebens-stern.de // Kurfürstenstrasse 58, Tiergarten // +49 30 2639 1922 // Mon-Sat from 7pm //
# be inspired by Nature
The landscape along the Havel river flowing through the city, from Spandau in the North to Potsdam in the South. With its many small and large lakes set in a forested hilly area, the scenery is dotted with picturesque castles, towers and churches dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Take on a bicycle ride http://bicyclegermany.com/havel.html
# be inspired by MIDO
My favourite collection is the Multifort and especially the Multifort Chronograph. I just love its minimalist design and the elegant interplay of colours – a combination of beige elements set against a black backdrop. The watch exudes a smooth yet sporty appearance.
# Paul Eis
Berlin-based architecture student and photographer Paul Eis uses vibrant colours to give the Berlin cityscape an eye-catching makeover. Armed with his Canon Eos 50D camera, this aficionado of fine architecture has found a way of bringing a new perspective to the minimalist and monochrome silhouettes crowding Berlin. This approach is all about sharpening details and ‘reshaping’ constructions by endowing them with extra personality as well as unique depth. This results in an unmistakably pop art touch, where buildings are stripped of their context, updated with a joyful and vivid colour palette and superimposed over a deep blue sky. The unbridled imagination of this eclectic music lover and occasional pianist roams freely from Pink Floyd to Mahler symphonies. 18-year-old Paul adopts an innovative and inspirational approach that infuses architecture with new depth. Let’s get inspired by following this architecture photographer’s Instagram account.
Your favourite time of day?
7pm. The time when work is over for Berliners and they get together to give the city centre its full and lively dimension.
With just one hour to spend in Berlin, what would you do?
Get a feeling of the city centre from the River Spree. Stroll down from the main station to Alexanderplatz, through the historic centre of Berlin, Museum Island or the Reichstag. A blend of tradition and modernity. The perfect way to spot the waterfront cafes and restaurants.
Which monument would you have loved to design in your city?
The Shell-Haus by Emil Fahrenkamp. A curvaceous masterpiece with a striking wave-like façade jumping forward in six gentle waves undulating over four wings. Its graceful forms and organic architecture exude a timeless design definitely not confined to the 1920s.