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November 30, 2006

Train station legally declared work of art

Berlin station

Berlin's massive new train station may have to be partially rebuilt, in the wake of a judge's ruling that the building is a work of art that has been "defaced" by its owner.

The station's architect, Meinhard von Gerkan, designed a cathedral-like vaulted ceiling for the station. The railway company that owns the station decided that ceiling cost too much, so they stuck in a dull, crappy looking flat metal ceiling instead. von Gerkan sued and the judge ruled in his favor, saying the building's design constituted a work of art that had suffered defacement at the hands of the railroad. Take that, all of you rich clients who think that paying the bills automatically makes you know what looks good.

There's an article about the ruling on the Guardian's website.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 30, 2006 06:46 PM