The name Beelitz-Heilstätten has quite a sinister tinge to it and once off the train, it was obvious that this wasnt entirely misplaced. The district is home to the large hospital complex which also shares its name and not alot else.
The hospital was built just before 1900 and in its lifetime saw various transitions from German to Soviet occupation – it was where Adolf Hitler recuperated after being wounded in WW1.
Most of the buildings were boarded up, adding to the sinister and empty atmosphere of this massive complex – one of the buildings had been bombed in WW2 and this had an open but hollow feel to it, the inside dusty and earthen :
The more grandiose buildings which had been more secure (although not completely) were in much better condition, the brightly painted corridors although peeling with age, were much brighter in appearance but retained a spooky feel to them none the less :
The Reichstag building was one of the destinations on my extended weekend in Berlin, the application process was simple enough and once through the security, we went into a large lift and up to the top of this very impressive building.
Designed by Norman Foster (the gerkin and major’s office in london) the trademark glasswork spirals up from the roof.
you can go inside and an audio tour guides you up and around the spiral walkway. Entering the dome the first thing I saw… maintenance, a scissor lift and lots of workmen doing something and making the place look very untidy, I had to frame my photos carefully to avoid having these in my pictures.
This was the best one from that trip, more graphic than my usual style but i really like it
The humble raindrop can be a buildings worst enemy sometimes.
This asylum and the state of it was quite a sad story, it was closed in 1999 and several attempts to change the area into a business park failed, probably because of the fact that it was in a remote location.
In a controversial transaction, the building was sold for £227,000 and almost immediately afterwards, vans moved in to remove the slate roof which was believed to be worth in excess of £1million.
Subsequently water started eating the building from the inside. This particular morning, the low sun shone through the large windows, the reflections gave the wooden floor a glass appearance and the decay and damp sensations were momentarily replaced by this beauty.