In the period following the fall of the Berlin Wall, especially the area around the Kollwitzplatz/Senefelderplatz experienced an unprecedented upturn. Today, a trendy district with many flourishing cafés, bars and galleries has arisen from the traditional working-class neighbourhood. Many artists and intellectual find the inspiring environment they need here to realise their unconventional ideas. Like with many historicist buildings, the substance was rebuilt after the Second World War without any decoration whatsoever, and when decoration was present, it was destroyed ruthlessly.
Venice in Berlin
Materials and motifs of the newly designed façade and the extension in the courtyard are based directly on the experiences and work involved in the reconstruction of the La Fenice theatre in Venice: thus the street façade was to be executed in fine plaster (Marmorino) and painted decorations should be reminiscent of an old Italian tradition.