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Neue Wache, Unter den Linden, Berlin: the oculus directly above the sculpture 'Mother with her Dead Son' in the memorial hall

RIBA Ref No RIBA53259
Architect/DesignerKollwitz, Kathe Schmidt (1867-1945)
Schinkel, Karl Friedrich (1781-1841)
Tessenow, Heinrich (1876-1950)
Artist/PhotographerJackson, Nicola
Subject Date1993
Image Date2009
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditNicola Jackson / RIBA Collections
SubjectConversion of buildings ; Despair ; War memorials ; Shadows ; Halls ; Barracks ; Roofs ; Windows ; Sculpture
NOTES: This Neoclassical building was designed by K. F. Schinkel as a guardhouse and built in 1816 for the troops of the King of Prussia and served as such until the end of World War I and the fall of the Germany monarchy in 1918. Heinrich Tessenow was commissioned by the state government of Prussia in 1931 to redesign the building as a memorial to the German war dead. The interior was converted into a memorial hall with an oculus and it was renamed the 'Memorial for the Fallen of the War'. Badly damaged during World War II, the building was restored in 1960 and rededicated in 1993 when an enlarged version of Kathe Kollwitz''s sculpture 'Mother with her Dead Son' was installed under the oculus.

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