This is the Lampenfabrik – the Lamp Factory.
In fact, it used to be a lot more besides that and it almost became nothing once the politicians got it into their heads that it was an eyesore.
Talk about a lack of vision.
It was originally an iron and bronze foundry built in 1899 for the Gasapparat- und Gusswerk AG (Gas Fittings and Foundry plc) who made street lamps and similar bits and pieces.
Hugely famous outfit – most major cities were customers.
The Reichstag was, too.
Since 1925, it’s been home to lamp manufacturers, carpenters, artists and furniture dealers and things were ticking over in quite a jolly manner until the “Tear it down and build something ugly” brigade became vocal.
Countered by those good souls of the “Let’s build something special” faction. Who won.
So now we have the original structure on the left, the addition on the right and a glass-covered atrium linking the two.
Bloody excellent place. Good gallery, good exhibitions sponsored by the Handwerkskammer (Chamber of Trade).
Just goes to show what you can do if you set your mind to it.