Bike Touring Highlight
Observation Post for Streetlights: This substation has a special feature: a glass observation post 25 meters high for supervising the city’s streetlights. Down to the 1940s, an employee would decide the right time every evening for the lights to be turned on. Hans Heinrich Müller, chief architect for the Berlin electric company Bewag, developed a modern style of architecture that venerated electricity almost as if it were holy. His “cathedrals of electricity” symbolize the great importance substations had for the quickly growing city and its rapid industrial development. The “Vattenfall Building,” named for the power company’s current incarnation, now houses its central administration and customer service department.
May 14, 2019
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