The new face of East Germany

“Either you love or you hate to live here, and there’s nothing in between,” says Sylvia, a young Austrian woman who studies at Victor Klemperer College in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, an area in northeastern Berlin.

Just 20 minutes by train from the centre of Berlin, the district is home to a conglomerate of featureless Plattenbauten – the towering buildings constructed of prefabricated concrete slabs that typified the architectural design favoured by the German Democratic Republic (GDR) or East Germany.

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