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Einstein Tower

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Erich Mendelsohn
location Potsdam
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The Einstein Tower (German: Einsteinturm) is an astrophysical observatory in the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam, Germany. It was built on the summit of the Potsdam Telegraphenberg to house a solar telescope designed by the astronomer Erwin Finlay-Freundlich. The telescope supports experiments and observations to validate (or disprove) Albert Einstein's relativity theory. The building was first conceived around 1917, built from 1920 to 1921 after a fund-raising drive, and became operational in 1924. Although Einstein never worked there, he supported the construction and operation of the telescope. It is still a working solar observatory today as part of the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam. Light from the telescope is brought down through the shaft to the basement where the instruments and laboratory are located. This was one of Mendelsohn's first major projects, completed when a young Richard Neutra was on his staff, and is his best-known building.

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An exceptional example of German Expressionism, and one of my favorite buildings of the modern architectural era.
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Einstein Tower
Telegrafenberg 40
Project is public!
Opening hours The science park Albert Einstein is open for visitors during the day. Please understand that a visit of the inside is not possible in general because the observatory is used for solar research. Guided tours are only organized by Urania-Verein "Wilhelm Foerster" e. V. e-mail:
How to get there? by train to Potsdam Hauptbanhof then 1.6 km walk or taxi south along Albert-Einstein-Stra├če into the GFZ Potsdam complex through security gate.
Completion 1924
ArchitectErich Mendelsohn
Client Astrophysical Institute Potsdam
Project ID 6084
Latitude/Longitude 52°22'44N 13°03'50E
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