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In contemporary Berlin, were the East and the West met, the opposite of ‘form follows function’ manifests itself in buildings created in times of horror and repression. The meaning of architectural form and style can change: A former Nazi bunker and a communist power plant show that ‘function’ can follow ‘form’, and turn horror into beauty.
During the Second World War, under supervision of Hitler’s chief architect Albert Speer, Karl Bonatz designed a monumental building, not far from the aesthetics and proportions of a venetian country villa. …