The end of an era came yesterday for the beautiful, crumbling ruin in the heart of Berlin Mitte. Long a symbol of the wide-open, “arm aber sexy” spirit of post-unification Berlin, the artists’ haven and tourist magnet finally succumbed to corporate vultures, after drawn-out years of legal battles and demonstrations. The artists were evicted, the premises secured for whatever less-cool thing its owner has in mind for the building next.
Tacheles, you will be fondly remembered.
Some of my own memories with the building, as photographed by Gala Tuzlukovic.