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Only in Berlin: the Bierpinsel

Ignoring the 46-meter-high Bierpinsel in the Steglitz district of Berlin is difficult. In the observation tower from the 1970s, you could eat, drink and dance.

The architectural couple Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüller-Witte designed a futuristic tower restaurant on top of the roof of the Schloßstraße metro station in 1976.

The guests looked over the dream of mobility of that time, namely a fly-over that leads the viewer to the entrance and exit complex of the A103 motorway located further away. Due to its gastronomic interpretation and its resemblance to a paintbrush, the tower soon got the nickname Bierpinsel (German for "beer brush").

The (then) futuristic tower, with a restaurant and nightclub on board, closed its doors in 2006.

The Bierpinsel has been empty for twenty years but still steals the show. Its red skin has disappeared under two thousand liters of colorful paint, a graffiti work in the context of the Turmkunst 2010 project, much to the dismay of architect Schüller-Witte.

Whether the red color will ever return is unclear. What is certain is that there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Bierpinsel. An investor wants to fill the 47-metre-high tower with offices. It is no longer possible to accommodate catering in it today. The tower has only one staircase. Large masses could not be evacuated quickly enough in an emergency.

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