Beyond The Blinds

Question: How to save an important historic building from oblivion?

Beyond The Blinds deals with the architectural culture of memory, documenting lost historical contexts in atmospheric photographs.

The series focuses on the Robert Koch Forum, which was sold in 2013. Since 1883, the building complex has housed the scientific and medical institutes of the Friedrich Wilhelms University (now Humboldt University). It was named after the scientist Robert Koch, who announced the discovery of tuberculosis in the library.

In recent years the building has been used mainly for behavioural studies of nocturnal rodents, so most of the windows have been darkened to allow scientists to reverse the animals' day/night cycle.

The building complex is fascinating and comprises a wide variety of rooms in a total area of 5500 m²: offices, examination rooms, cold stores, laboratories, archives, cellars, libraries, lecture rooms and an amphitheatre make the Institute a curiosity in its abandoned state.

The series focuses on the traces left by the scientists after they moved out. The former furniture, such as tables, shelves and cupboards, fill the empty rooms despite their absence, whether through the dirt left behind or the previous renovation works, which trace the outlines of the heavy inventory on the walls.

Since it was built in 1883, the building has undergone numerous alterations to adapt to new techniques, regulations and technologies, as much as the working environment has changed over the last century. The special atmosphere of the rooms is determined above all by their colour, which plays a central role in photographic research. This constant rewriting makes the building a multilayered palimpsest of the past centuries, inviting the viewer to search for traces.

After 10 years of vacancy, the complex is now being renovated, so this series is dedicated to a historical snapshot in order to preserve what will soon be lost.

Green door abandoned laboratory
Radio Active - Berlin - 2013
Red room abandoned place
Red Corner - Berlin - 2013
Round blue staircase Berlin
Nautilus - Berlin - 2013
Amphitheatre Robert Koch
RK Saal from SW 3 - Berlin - 2013
Renovation work abandoned building
Grenzen - Berlin - 2013
White empty room abandoned building
Wiped Out - Berlin - 2013
Urban exploration Berlin
Sulfureux L - Berlin - 2013
Buy Fine Art Photography lost place
Silent Poetry - Berlin - 2013
Cooling system abandoned building
Nothing to lose - Berlin - 2013
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Lavage - Berlin - 2013
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Rat's cycle 2 - Berlin - 2013
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Cyclothymique - Berlin - 2013
Abandoned laboratory Berlin
Mutisme - Berlin - 2013
Staircase geometry architecture photo
5S - Berlin - 2013
Empty bookshelves, lost place Berlin
Invisible Books - Berlin - 2013
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Undiscoverable - Berlin - 2013
Robert Koch Forum Berlin
Werkstatt 3 - Berlin - 2013
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Brown Window - Berlin - 2013
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