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East Berlin Brutalist icon faces bulldozers

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One of the most significant Brutalist buildings in Europe is set to be demolished, following a decision in the German parliament.

The Palast der Republic, in East Berlin - the former East Germany's toothless parliament - will be knocked down after a crucial vote went against the building yesterday.

The Modernist building was built in 1976 and, though having extremely limited power, was a key icon for many citizens living under the Communist regime.

All major parties in the Bundestag supported the demolition proposals, despite a growing movement calling for the building to be saved.

Artists have inhabited the space during the last 12 months and had campaigned - along with the Green Party and the ex-Communists - to save it.

The original building was designed by Heinz Graffunder and Karl-Ernst Swora.

by Ed Dorrell

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