Monday, April 28, 2008

The Almighty Altbau

Known in Munich as the “old buildings,” the Altbau is a well sought after apartment characterized by its high ceilings, hard wood floors, and amazingly large entry ways. Most of these buildings were constructed in the early 1900s or between the world wars, and many of them have been reconstructed in the past decade to bring out the best of both worlds – old world craftsmanship with new world advances – such as add-on elevators, state of the art electric, and fine lined kitchens. One of the key things that separate these buildings from the rest of Munich’s post WWII box design (which seems like the majority of apartments), is the intricate detail on the façade.

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