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Please sign and share widely Catherine Croft, Director of the Twentieth Century Society, writes: "I’ve just signed a petition calling for the preservation of two outstanding buildings on a post-war university medical campus in Berlin. Both the “Mäusebunker” (1971–80, picture 1) by Gerd and Magdalena Hänska, and the former Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology (1966–74; picture 2), by Fehling+Gogel, are threatened with demolition. If you agree that they deserve to be saved, please sign the petition too. And yes “Mäusebunker” does translate as “mouse-bunker” – it was originally animal research laboratories and is now the Research Facility for Experimental Medicine. Its canted form resembles the late-lamented Pimlico School: both have been compared to battleships, and this one looks as if it has broken free and is going on the rampage. Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology is a less strident building, with expressive curved concrete forms and is described as “a true time capsule of its era” with very little interior alteration. And of course both buildings represent a huge amount of embodied energy—the environmental consequences of demolition alone should be sufficient justification for retention. Hopefully before too long we will be able to visit Berlin once again, and both buildings will have bright new futures." Photo © @notreallyobsessive This is an abridged version of the article on our website (link in bio). Petition is available on Retter den Mäusebunker und das ehemalige Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie! (There is also a link in the article.) #thetwentiethcenturysociety #twentiethcenturysociety #c20society #c20 #gerdhänska #magdalenahanska #zentraletierlaboratorien #mäusebunker #fehlingundgogel #hermannfehling #danielgogel #institutfürhygieneundumweltmedizin #freiuniversitätberlin #charité #mäusebunker #brutalism #brutalist #brutalistarchitecture #brutalist_architecture #berlin #nofilter @midcentury_modern

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