Modern East

Build Your Own Modernist DDR by Zupagrafika

Zupagrafika is an award-winning, independent publisher and a creative design studio based in Poland, founded in 2012 by a Hispano-Polish duo, David Navarro and Martyna Sobecka. The studio has a special affinity with Polish Poster School, post-war modernist architecture and paper. They specialize in poster, editorial and design applied to architecture.

Modern East is the latest in the ‘build your own’ series of books and paper-cut model sets designed by Zupagrafika. This kit includes: 9 illustrated paper models to cut out and assemble, an introduction on the history of architecture in Deutsche Demokratische Republik, a short information on each building, and easy to follow instructions.

Model buildings included: Haus des Berliner Verlages, Berlin (Ost); Kino International, Berlin (Ost); Ernst-Thälmann-Park Housing Complex, Berlin (Ost); Mokka-Milch-Eisbar ‘Kosmos’, Cottbus; Y-Häuser, Dessau; Hochhaus Pirnaischer Platz, Dresden; ‘Scheiben’ Housing Complex, Halle (Neustadt); City-Hochhaus, Leipzig and Terrassenhaus Schmarl Housing Estate, Rostock.

Omnipresent Plattenbau housing estates, monumental Hochhäuser, cosmic milk bars; the post-war East Germany was rebuilt on concrete foundations to stand for the new modernity and shape the unique and no less controversial urban landscape of the Modern East.

Modern East: Build Your Own Modernist DDR celebrates socialist modernist and brutalist architecture of the former East Germany and allows you to playfully reconstruct some of the most intriguing edifices erected between early 1950s and late 1980s. All models feature detailed illustrations.

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