Fun things to see in Berlin, Germany: Hackesche Hofe
Located in front of Hackescher Markt, these courts were opened on September 23th, 1906. It is one of the unusual sightseeing in Berlin Germany. Like many other Berlin buildings, this complex consisted of living quarters, offices and small businesses. Thus, the principle is implemented: "I live and work in the same place."
Facade Hackesche Höfe facing the street, overwhelmed by mixing different stylistic forms: You will see neobarocco roof, Egyptian obelisks and ancient sculptures. Entirely different artistic techniques used in the design of domestic fronts, which was engaged by Berlin architect and designer August Endell. Through a combination of unusual shapes, sizes and placement of windows with colored brick Endell created in the first courtyard are two different facade, which gave him the appearance of a small square, surrounded on all sides by houses. On the eastern side dominates the white and blue and Moorish motifs, and the western side, sustained mainly in shades of brown, like a very fashionable at the time of the building trade house "Wertheim" works by Alfred Messel.
The idea of moving the space can also be seen in the inner rooms. During this time remained only stairwells in the left side wing, as well as the lobby of the right lateral wings and a festive hall one floor on the second floor of the building cross.
Initially, the Hackesche Höfe were provided ceremonial halls, where there were family gatherings, public holidays and anniversaries companies. Office and craft room are used in different ways: there is a branch of the bank, wholesale companies, the production of men's clothing, gloves, fur goods, musical instruments, metal products and office furniture. For some time there was office of Jewish Women's Union and the Jewish student canteen.
The changes began as early as 1920. Because of economic problems after World War I, many companies have left the Hakskih yards, and cultural and social activity is completely stopped. Until the end of World War II, part of the premises Hackesche Höfe used the trading house DeFaKa.
In 1951, shortly after the formation of the German Democratic Republic, Hackesche Höfe were nationalized in 1977 and placed under government protection. In 1993, the complex was handed over to the heirs of former owner in 1994 and sold to West German businessman. Restoration works with a large budget were completed in 1997.
To ensure quiet residential courtyards are closed for the night. Former factory shops have been converted for office space, which in most of the commissioned representatives of creative professions - architects, web-designers, PR-agencies. Small shops offering designer products made in Hackesche Höfe. Also in the courtyard is a large number of cafes and restaurants.
Also you have to know, that today Hackesche Höfe considered the most expensive real estate in Berlin.
Getting there: Take the city train station Hackescher Markt. First yard is located approximately 100 meters from the station.
What to remember:
It is clearly seen that the courts are built in the same style. In this case, each one is unique and in the each one you feel like Columbus discovered America. So many different bars and cafes for the most diverse clientele - from the wealthy burghers to psychedelic-rock lovers. Also eye-catching play around children, the almost complete absence of cars parked in yards and lots of greenery, because of which many houses resemble small squares.