Originally opened in 1928 as a department store, the property that now houses Soho House Berlin was seized by the wartime government before being occupied by the post-war, Communist regime until 1956. It was then used to house the Communist Party archives and the Central Committee’s Historical Institution. After German reunification the building was legally returned to the descendents of its original owners, and remained empty until the hotel was opened.
Berlin - Deutschland Potsdamer Platz at dusk. Buildings by Renzo Piano, Hans Kollhoff and Helmut Jahn, part of the redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz after the German Reunification. You can also see a piece of the Berliner Mauer in front of the U-Bahn Classic musical instruments
Though full reunification was still years away, the contact between the two sides was instant and deeper than it had been in decades. A West Berliner here prepares to hand over a West German flag to East German policemen near the Brandenburg Gate.