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The Europa-Center is a building complex on the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, notable for its high-rise tower. During the 1960s it became one of the iconic sights of West Berlin, along with the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It is a historically preserved building.

On top of the high-rise, and visible across Berlin, is a large metal star-in-a-circle symbol, the logo of car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. It weighs 15,000kg, has an outer diameter of 10 metres, completes approximately two revolutions a minute, and glows at night with the help of 68 fluorescent tubes. It can be tilted back for maintenance work, and in stormy weather it automatically turns into the wind.

The “Clock of Flowing Time” (Uhr der fließenden Zeit) in the western courtyard portrays the passing of hours and minutes in twelve-hour cycles. Globules of coloured water flow up and down a tower through a system of communicating tubes in such a way as to display the current time. The system is emptied every day at 1am and 1pm and the cycle begins again.

There is also a world fountain at the entrance to the Europa Center. A pool in the second courtyard contains the Lotus Fountain, by the Parisian artists Bernard and Francois Baschet, a “water play” with optical and acoustical elements. It was originally commissioned for the staircase of Berlin’s New National Gallery and was installed there in 1975. It was deemed expendable in 1981 and was transferred to the Europa-Center in 1982 for free as an extended loan.


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  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillarover 5 years ago

    Moniko dzięki za podpowiedź, zainstalowałam i mam z tego mnóstwo frajdy, jak się teraz bawię zdjęciami :))) Moje co prawda nie dorównują Twoim, bo Ty masz po prostu zmysł do kadrowania i wychwytywania wszystkiego, co najważniejsze, ale dobra zabawa też jest ważna :)))
    PS, Bardzo lubię fotki w takim zielonkawym odcieniu, jak ta :)

  • Ja tez sie tym bardzo dobrze bawie, a to najwazniejsze!!!

    Powoli juz mi sie nie chcialo opracowywac tych zdjec i wstaiwac, bo jezeli takie hobby konczy sie robota, to ja juz z tego wysiadam….

    Ale te polaroidy, to na razie sama frajda…. :))))

    – polaroids

  • frogster
    frogsterover 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot on this

  • thank you…. :)

    – polaroids

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...about 5 years ago

    Great perspective! The Europa Zenter brings back memories during my college days. I used to hang out their with my friends – I miss my old Berlin

  • This is also one of my memories… The small disco at the roof right side…

    Memories………….. ;)

    Thank you!

    – polaroids

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