Visiting Cologne yesterday, I spotted a wonderful modernist building near Barbarossaplatz that was surrounded by little balconies just for plants! The balconies appear to be too narrow for people to use, more like catwalks, and are well stocked by the residents with geraniums, potted trees and other thriving plants.
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I have to say it again, spring moves fast!
These are photos I took less than four weeks ago and forgot to post until now. What at the time were two-leaved sprouts in a tiny greenhouse on Anke’s balcony have since been transplanted and are flourishing in our community garden.
I sometimes visit a friend of mine at Johanniterstr. 5 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and the building always makes me smile. It’s a U-shaped apartment building that is both very Modernist and quite friendly-looking. Though it’s made of pre-poured gray cement slabs like many of its severe-looking counterparts in East Berlin (and also in Gropiusstadt, see below), its chubby, rounded white balconies and bright-yellow windowframes give it a cute, cheerful appearance. It also doesn’t hurt that the building’s proportions are modest – just 5 floors – or that it is home to many plants, in unexpected places and forms.
10 November 2008, 15:00
Lichtenbergerstr 34-37, Friedrichshain, Berlin
Another very big high rise with orderly balconies and orderly hedges along the bottoms of the facades. Only here, a long ponytail trailing down from a first-floor balcony leads the eye to a flowerbed, surely a guerilla garden.
18 July 2008 (observed) / 9 September 2008 (photographed)
Grünbergerstraße 21, Friedrichshain, Berlin
This is a small hotel I always enjoy walking past. To think of a hotel owner taking the time to cultivate such bodacious balconies makes me happy.