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An imposing neo-classical Nazi-era building as the Reichsbank - One of the remaining examples of Nazi architecture, the building was commissioned in 1933. The design competition attracted a number of entrants, including two Bauhaus architects who would later have to flee the Nazis, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was won, however, by Heinrich Wolff, whose design called for a stone-faced structure over a reinforced concrete core.

Bauhaus architects Walter Gropius - Reichsbank Proposal in 1933: The building was commissioned in 1933. The design competition attracted a number of entrants, incl. two Bauhaus architects who would later have to flee the Nazis, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies. The ratio between the conservative and modernist was approximately balanced. Designs of all differed not as much as one might expect. All in common was the complete rejection of renounced ornamentation, a traditional form for banks.

Mies van der Rohe; Competition project for the Reichsbank, Berlin, 1933

Mies van der Rohe; Competition project for the Reichsbank, Berlin, 1933

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