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How Munich changed his face
In Munich, a lot has changed: Among other things, the Central station will be torn down partially. The 1953 opened the ticket hall is on 6. May locked. Hardly the former cult factory is instantly recognizable now behind the Ostbahnhof. On Heimeranplatz, just a city distinctive is removed in addition, high-rise building, piece by piece. the Dominik Hutter

The future of yesterday, looks dusty. Many of the Windows in the metal shimmering building in front, are blinded by dirt, the turquoise-and-green façade panels faded. Really liked the people of Munich have their Central station never, in the fifty years of the last century, built in bar, acts to be functional. But if you look closely, you can read: then the longing for the Modern, the architectural spirit of optimism. A boldly curved canopy, like a huge kidney table, marks the entrance below the mighty glass front. Why this is for the first post-war decade, the typical building is now suddenly as a "Mushroom", it knows no man - really, this nickname was used in Munich, never.

It is also no matter. Because the Central station, and this is a very serious incision into the Munich city image, will be canceled this year. In part, at least. The 1953 opened the ticket hall is on 6. May locked. Once the passengers of the Orient Express through this house, high escape, rushed past the "current cinema," which transformed over the decades from one place for the week in politics a look at the most famous Porn-scales of the city. In the side passages you can see that the Munich Central station is by no means a uniformly planned structure, as one might at the sight of the reception building was not a suspect.

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use every day from Munich Central station. Soon, you can only reach through the side entrances of their trains. Because the reception building, which for decades was the city of Munich has shaped, and will be demolished. At the location of the rail makes a huge pit is dug, the access structure for the second S-Bahn trunk line, the so-called nucleus. Later, a futuristic new building, which will also represent a significant land mark to the place of today's Fifties-construction. How long, however, knows no one.

There are also the remains of the Vorkriegsbaus are still recognizable, picturesque-shaped window. They originate from the transverse hall of the (Maximilian street)the architect Friedrich Bürklein back to the train station building made of brick with round arches and stylistic borrowings from the Romanesque and Renaissance. What looks today like a station from the fifty years, in truth, is an architectural conglomerate of the city's history.

One of the leading luxury hotels in the city, which acquired for decades because of the Neon-covered façade, a world urban touch, is in ruins.

(photo: Stephan hull)

All of this will now disappear, and who makes a walk through the city centre, may find that a lot of for decades, familiar land marks to soft in the Munich cityscape. The Royal court with his bull's-eye architecture. This 1955-finished building in a prominent location on the Stachus can probably have only a few Fans of his somewhat simple Exterior. Now is see through the partially shattered window of the upper floor of the blue sky. One of the leading luxury hotels in the city, which acquired for decades because of the Neon-covered façade, a world urban touch, is only a ruin. There's a bit of nostalgia must be allowed - even if (in the case of traditionalists controversial) new building of the Spanish architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano will undoubtedly be a win for the formerly busiest square in Europe.

towns life of constant renewal, of architectural. And, presumably, the number of construction sites is currently not exorbitantly higher than in other years. But it's a little different, whether or not any face is replaced by the loser of the office block by a new faceless office block, or whether such a formative and a giant "gate" disappears as the Central station, the Munich-based stage.

Also applies here: Nothing against the curved glass building of the architects Auer, Weber and Associates. But for many, Munich the old, green-silvery Monster with his (already removed) Riesenuhr to own the city like the Frauenkirche, and Ludwig street. To own history. The special features of a well-known Munich-based ski school started early in the morning, as we started in bulk by rail in the mountains. There, you drank a quick Espresso at the Stand, reminiscent of the just out of the hall rolled a night train to Roma Termini. Via Brennero, Verona and Bologna. And there - in one of the poor and long-closed waiting rooms - was robbed of the Tscharlie from Helmut Dietls "Munich stories". Although he was dressed as a Cowboy and a Colt on your belt. On the long way to Sacramento.

Where, today, the Work area was in front of the halls-quarters of the work of the dumplings producer Pfanni.

(photo: KWiucha; OTEC)

Even when, in 1960, completed the track remains hall: The face of the station, on the flagship side of the so-called entrance building, will soon exist only as a temporary city state photos. As the Royal court. Or the familiar interior of the U-Bahn station Sendlinger Tor, you will look like after the many years of construction is quite different. On the path of the U 1/U 2 rise reminds nothing for quite some time more to the factual, the style with the 1980's a whole subway line was equipped, which was put in a seat along the complete length between the Olympic center and Neuperlach Süd in operation. In 1972 it opened the platform floor of U 3 and U 6 ironically, emblazoned a single lonely column in the light blue tile Design for the entire Station embossing. Soon, no one will understand why the Aids Memorial looks like at the top of the square as it looks - as to the surface of the transported column of a everyday location.

Munich is changing but also outside the old town, for example, on exposed areas such as the Heimeranplatz, high above the concrete Ford of the Middle ring. There is a city image-defining tear-off construction crews straight up to the house from 1958. The more architecturally simple building, in the long ago, a "Philips"advertising boasted, is being demolished floor by floor. The required framework needs to be parallel mitgekürzt. As a concrete would sink block easy in the ground. The address will look like in a few years is completely different than it is today: with a striking high-rise building, whose floors are slightly twisted. An Eye-Catcher.

has started The architectural appreciation of a little presentable place. At the premises of Philips will remember then as little as to the the photo giant Agfa, the high sank house on the Tegernseer landstraße years ago in a spectacular explosion. City in transition. Currently, this is particularly. Also in close proximity to the Heimeranplatz: the Trapp litter/Landsberger street is built in a striking corner building.

little of the former cult factory is instantly recognizable now behind the Ostbahnhof, is the successor of the art Park East. Replaced, in turn, the first major of the Munich Club Ensemble at the airport Riem, the site of the last concert of the Band Nirvana in March 1994. In these areas, the resistant to change is a particularly good read. Where today, the Work area was in front of the halls-quarters of the work of the dumplings producer Pfanni. For many decades. Riemer fair was once an airport. And the former trade fair grounds at the Theresienhöhe is now a Museum and a residential area. An eternal Come and Go. But still Munich.

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