To start with, the building is enormous. The main Berghain party flooring, which centers around difficult techno, has 60-foot ceilings supported by massive pillars made from unpainted concrete. “The construction is comparable to compared to a cathedral for the Middle Ages, ” states Thomas Karsten, among the two architects accountable for the 2004 renovations for the building, that has been originally constructed in 1953 as an element of East Germany’s postwar reconstruction process and abandoned into the late 1980s. “There’s something very nearly religious in regards to the environment. ”
The majority of the building has retained its original commercial architecture — the decor is extra, the walls are typically empty and a somewhat less Dante’s Inferno-esque upstairs area, called Panorama Bar, makes utilization of cages that previously housed equipment that is electrical. Because of this, the club, that has been exposed by two media-averse German guys, Norbert Thormann and Michael Teufele (whom, commensurate with the club’s no-media policy, refused an meeting demand), continues to have the design and feel of a abandoned building. A sizable metallic swing hangs from the part associated with party floor, and hot white lights illuminate part of an imposing preserved facade behind the club’s bar that is main. The building is really so big and maze-like, you can find stairways that are new spaces even after spending several days into the club.