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Forgotten Brutalism in Berlin: Benjamin Franklin Institute

Architect: Curtis and Davis Architects
Project: Benjamin Franklin Institute
Year: 1968
Location: Berlin-Steglitz
Function: University Medical Center

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The Benjamin Franklin Institute is an architectural highlight of Brutalism in Berlin. Supported by US foreign minister John Foster Dulles and partly funded by the Benjamin Franklin Foundation it was a showcase project for the USA in the American sector of West-Berlin. Accordingly it was planned by New Orleans based architects Curtis and Davis from 1957 and erected until 1968 in a consequently modern architectural approach with façades in raw concrete. In this it is comparable to the Unité d’Habitation by Le Corbusier which was finished in Berlin in context of the Inter Bau 1957 just in the previous year.

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