Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology

Institut für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie


Completed in 1974, the Institute was originally a part of the Free University of Berlin. It was designed by architects Hermann Fehling and Daniel Gogel, who together made a considerable contribution to German postwar architecture. Now the building is owned by Charité, one of Europe’s largest university hospitals.


A low design that built at the center was used to help incorporate the building into its suburban surroundings. The structure features many different geometric shapes and angles, resulting in a building with no two sides the same and very little symmetry to be found.


Along with Mäusebunker the building was threaten with demolition but saved by petition and later in 2021 listed as a historical monument.

Further reading:

My zine BRUTAL III featuring The Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology is available to order. It also features Mäusebunker another brutal icon in Berlin. Both of these buildings and more brutal architecture in Berlin can be found in my post BRUTAL Berlin.

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