Design weekend in Berlin
Autumn came into its own and less and less pampers us with warm sunny weekdays. It is time to get out for a weekend in Europe, where the Indian summer is in the juice itself and will obviously delay until November. ABITANT expert Ekaterina Terpigoreva offers you her original design parkour in the German capital, which begins with a refreshing swim in the Belle Epoque pool and ends with dinner in the surroundings of a Berlin pharmacy in the mid-19th century.
Start your walk in Berlin with a morning swim in the Alte Halle pool in the western Charlottenburg district (Stadtbad Charlottenburg, Krumme Straße 10, Bismarckstraße Underground). Here, in a beautifully restored Art Nouveau building, erected in 1898 by architect Paul Batring, you will surely feel like a character in the movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel”: white tile with a modest ornamental edging, masonry made of small plinth with black relief a border, picturesque wall panels with bathers and an impressive two-story nave formed by the station-cast-iron metalwork a la Effel.
On the way back to the center, take the second subway line and get off at the Berlin Zoologischer Garten station. Here at the Budapester Straße on the roof of the iconic modernist building of 1956-1957, the Bikinihaus publishing house Gestalten opened its own design concept store. This is 530 square meters of urban hi-tech space, developed by publisher Robert Klanten and his wife, architect Lena Klanten, and to the eyeballs filled with objects of contemporary contemporary design and the author’s craft industry.
The store kitchen
Dine best at The Store Kitchen (Torstraße 1, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Underground). This is an artistically democratic institution, located on the ground floor of a monumental architectural monolith in the art deco style of the early twentieth century. In the post-war period, the archives of the Communist Party were located here, and recently, the most expensive shopping center of the capital, Soho House Berlin, has settled ironically. Massive concrete pillars, inherited by inheritance, a naked hood system, dressed in polished aluminum, a plank floor, round tables with marble “patches” of countertops and a magnificent collection of vintage and antique chairs – best-selling design books of the twentieth century. The menu includes a sumptuous seasonal selection of dishes based on a combination of fresh fish, meat, crisp cereals, spices, nuts, dried fruits and juicy and colorful fruits and vegetables. Here you can buy cacti and succulents from the collection of rarities of the florist Mary Lennox, whose 200-year-old cactus Monstera adorns the dining area of the institution. The cafe is open from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 19.00.
Another original contender for lunch or a light dinner is a classic Viennese-style bar-cafe – ORA (Oranienplatz 14, metro Moritzplatz). This gastronomic design project combined the fresh trends of modern German cuisine and the authentic surroundings of the 1860 Berlin pharmacy. Openwork ceiling moldings, a carved oak console console with brass trim, a massive glazed cabinet with rows of prescription drawers and antique bottles, Latin markings on the walls, an ascetic waiting bench, an enameled cast-iron washstand, etc. – everything here is preserved in its original form. And only an eclectic series of fixtures was allowed to break this magnificent historical mise en scene. From seven o’clock in the evening until one in the morning, ORA turns into a bar with an excellent classic wine list and signature cocktails.
In addition, in October, Berlin will host a grand festival of light, including more than 50 lighting installations and projection installations (7.10 – 16.10), “European Month of Photography 2016”, combining more than 130 expositions and projects, and a large-scale exhibition of classical Spanish painting of the 16th – 17th centuries El Siglo de Oro. Die Ära Velázquez (“The Golden Age. The Age of Velazquez”), exhibiting the works of Diego Velazquez, Jose de Ribera and El Greco, at the Gemäldegalerie (Matthäikirchplatz, Potsdamer Platz metro).