Saturday, June 19, 2010


This square was laid out between 1741 and 1743, under the rule of King (König) Frederick the Great. The buildings surrounding it were largely destroyed by the Allied air raids over Berlin, and were rebuilt in the 1950s.

To the left of the picture is the Berlin State Opera (Berliner Staatsoper), first built between 1741 and 1742, and reconstructed in 1843, after a fire destoyed it. Almost 100 years later, the Allies would cause heavy damage to the building in two air raids, first in 1941 (the Staatsoper was repaired and reopened the following winter) and then in February 1945. The Opera House reopened ten years later.

At the center of the picture, you can see the St.-Hedwigs-Kathedrale.

To tle right can be seen part of Berlin Royal Library and Altes Palais.

The Berlin Royal Library (model by Emperor Heer 99) was built between 1775 and 1780 by architect Georg Christian Unger, after a design by Joseph Fischer von Erlach. After the construction of the nearby Berlin Staatsbibliothek (Unter den Linden 8). It's now part of Humboldt University.

Altes Bibliothek, Opernplatz by Emperor Heer 99.
The Altes Palais was built between 1834 and 1837 as a palace for the then Prussian prince and future Kaiser, Wilhelm, in a Neoclassical style following plans of C.F. Langhans. After Kaiser Wilhelm's death, the palace opened as a memorial. The palace continued to be property of the House of Hohenzollern after Wilhelm II abdication in 1919.
The Palais resulted damaged after the Allied bombing of Berlin, and was reconstructed first in 1963-64 and then between 2003 and 2005. Now it is used by the Humboldt University.


  1. Hi there, none of these models are available to download anymore on skp. Is there any way for you to reupload them? Thank you!

    1. Hello!

      I'm afraid I can't do that. You see, that's a measure I had to take after several cases of plagiarism/reuploads by other users - back then, I could enable and disable downloads as I pleased, and could allow for others to download a model by request.

      Sadly, conditions have changed, first with Google removing the aforementioned feature and then with the whole Gogle/Trimble affair. So while I'm keeping my models there as they are now, I won't be uploading new material there. I no longer consider it an appropiate site to do it. Sorry.

    2. Thank you for your reply. I was wondering if it's possible for you to upload the models elsewhere for me to download for my architecture project? I understand if you prefer not to. Thanks again.