Soho Haus Berlin has a complex past, designed by architects Georg Bauer and Siegfried Friedlander in the New Objectivity style, a style that offered a return to unsentimental reality and a focus on the objective world, as opposed to the more abstract, romantic and idealistic tendencies of Expressionism.
It began life in the late 1920s as Jonass & Co. a seven-storey department store with a rooftop restaurant before serving as the Reich Youth Leadership’s headquarters under Artur Axmann during the Second World War.
After the war, the building, like Berlin, entered a new chapter. East Berlin was handed to the Soviet Union and the building became the seat of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. After the fall of the Berlin wall the building was returned to the descendants of the original Jewish owners under the reparations act, laying empty for a long period in the 1990s before its most recent incarnation as Soho Haus.
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