“Solidarität” Monumental mural design BERLIN


Located near the city’s large zoological park stands one of the largest high-rise apartment blocks in Berlin, the symbol of the industrial architecture of the former German Democratic Republic.


The Friedrichsfelde Gate

As co-operator I was proud to be co-owner of my apartment but, unfortunately I avoided speaking about it due to its poor image. Now I’m making up for lost time and I even guide tourists when they visit!
Contracting owner : Solidaritat eG
Place : BERLIN /Germany
Contracting owner : Solidaritat eG
Place : BERLIN /Germany
Contracting owner : Solidaritat eG
Place : BERLIN /Germany

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The point of departure

In the framework of refurbishing this block, sadly nicknamed the “Snake” by the district’s inhabitants, the housing cooperative Solidarität wanted to change the building’s too frequently stigmatised image. The effect of an ultra-wide high-rise was called into question.

Action / result

A spectacular change of image was achieved with an improvement in rental management performance and the upgrading of the building’s aesthetic appeal. It is now a well-known tourist attraction in the district of Lichtenberg and the pride of its inhabitants.
The work attracted strong media attention and is the largest inhabited mural with 22,000 m² of painted facades. This ambitious project is
mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records.

The actors of the project

  • Contracting owner: Solidarität eG
  • Project manager: Babel Bauconsulting.
  • Partners: Caparol.

Budget et Technique

Cost of the monumental mural design project:

  • Project coordination/ Design / Production of the overall design.
  • €600 K ex. tax*.

The property in figures:

  • Total budget for the refurbishment: €5 million ex. tax.
  • Timetable for carrying out the project: 3 years.

Technical characteristics of the painted facades:

  • 22,000 m² on prefabricated concrete.

*Excluding scaffolding, surface preparation, team facilities, site office with access to water living expenses.