End of 2000 I visited the newly finished Potsdamer Platz in Berlin for the first time. It fascinated me and especially the Sony Center, conceived by star architect Helmut Jahn, was the inspiration for a whole series of drawings, prints, paintings and photographs, that later resulted in two series: Urban Water and Urban Landscape.
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Potsdamer Platz stands as one of the premier attractions in the vibrant landscape of New Berlin. Offering a diverse array of dining options, shopping outlets, theaters, and cinemas, it beckons both locals and visitors alike to indulge in its offerings.

What was once a mere intersection has transformed into a bustling hub, catalyzed by the construction of Potsdamer Bahnhof train station, evolving into one of Europe’s busiest junctions—a testament to the capital’s dynamic rhythm.
Ravaged by the ravages of World War II, Potsdamer Platz bore witness to the tumultuous division of the American, British, and Soviet sectors, etching itself into history as a desolate no man’s land. However, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the landscape underwent a dramatic metamorphosis, emerging as Europe’s largest construction site.
From 1993 to 1998, DaimlerChrysler orchestrated the birth of a new quarter, which later adorned the terrain with a symphony of office towers, retail spaces, hotels, residences, and culinary havens, punctuated by cultural landmarks such as the Stella Musical Theatre and a dazzling casino. Renzo Piano’s visionary debis-Haus, with its awe-inspiring atrium housing Jean Tinguely’s “Meta-Maxi” sculpture, serves as a testament to architectural ingenuity. Adjacent, the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden beckons shoppers with its myriad of boutiques, complemented by the immersive experience of an IMAX cinema.

The Sony Center, unveiled in 2000, now serves as the epicenter of Sony’s European operations, its seven edifices embracing a luminous forum under a canopy-like roof. Within this futuristic complex, the Filmhaus, complete with the Filmmuseum and state-of-the-art cinemas, invites cinephiles to explore cinematic history. Ascend the Kollhoff building’s express elevator—the fastest in Europe—to a panoramic platform offering breathtaking vistas of the expanse below, cloaked in the iconic red clinker.

Potsdamer Platz stands not only as a testament to Berlin’s resilience but also as a beacon of modernity and innovation in the heart of the city.