Located near the Potsdamer Platz, in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, the Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology) shelters a large collection of historic technological artifacts. With a new five-story building designed by architects Helge Pitz and Hoh, the Museum has become a new landmark for the city. While the building is both cutting edge and low-energy building, what it's most recognized is the C-47 Candy Bomber Plane that sits atop its roof -- the plane was once used to throw sweets at kids!
The Technik Museum’s new building was completed in 2000 and has a total usable area of 215,000 square foot. It was mainly constructed from steel-composite structure and was designed to be extremely energy-efficient, optimizing daylight. It has no air conditioning and its dynamic facade allows for solar, glare, and light control.
The exhibition area covers 130,000 square foot and contains a library, shops, restaurants and plenty of aviation and navigation vehicles. Currently showing an exhibition called ‘Wind Strength’, the museum is featuring a 145-foot high rotor blade at its entryway which portrays the impressive proportions of wind turbines. The large museum park boasts wind and water mills that are a natural oasis for learning an experiencing technology in Berlin.
With daily demonstrations, tours and interactive workshops, the German Museum of Technology offers an entertaining day out. Although the highlight of the building is not inside, but outside. The Rosinenbomber, or ‘Candy Bomber‘, plane rests at the museum’s roof and is famous for once being used by a pilot to deliver sweets to Berlin’s children below.
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