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1981 – 1985
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IBA Social Housing, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
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Hauert Noack, GmbH & Company
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Checkpoint Charlie Museum Change this
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The Checkpoint Charlie Museum was originally designed as a residential building on Friedrichstrasse 43 in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg. The building was designed by Peter Eisenman and built as part of the International Building Exhibition (International Bauausstellung or IBA) in 1987.
It is located opposite another apartment building designed for the International Building Exhibition, Checkpoint Charlie Apartments by Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis and Matthias Sauerbruch.
The building was originally built for social housing in Berlin from 1981 until 1985. The American architect Peter Eisenman belonged to the architecture group, the New York Five.
The Checkpoint Charlie Museum is in central Berlin and is a short distance from the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, one Eisenman's most famous works.
The building's namesake comes from the then existing adjacent Checkpoint Charlie, a crossing point between the two German states, which was necessitated by the Berlin Wall. Today the building houses a museum about the GDR and the Berlin Wall.
DesignThe appearance of the building at Checkpoint Charlie thrives on interaction of a differing square grid, the meridian and the streetscape. Since the land is situated on the border of two different urban patterns, the excise wall and the Berlin Wall, it is symbolized as the red ribbon in the facade of the 19th Century.
Originally a garden was to be built, according to plans by Eisenman, but this was not realized after the fall of the Berlin Wall.