Modern East

Build Your Own Modernist DDR

Art Direction  I  Editorial design  I  Illustration  I Architecture  I   2017

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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 German Democratic Republic.

‘MODERN EAST. Build Your Own Modernist DDR’ by Zupagrafika 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 - from the massive plattenbauten of Rostock, through the icons of DDR-Moderne, like Kino International or Haus des Berliner Verlages, to the demolished relict of East Germany`s heyday - Mokka-Milch-Eisbar ‘Kosmos’. All models feature detailed illustrations of the original facades before their renovation.

The kit includes: 9 illustrated paper models to cutout and assemble, an introduction on the history of architecture in Deutsche Demokratische Republik by Florian Heilmeyer (writer on architecture and urbanism based in Berlin), a short information on each building, and easy to follow instructions.

Haus des Berliner Verlages. Berlin (Ost)

Kino International. Berlin (Ost)

Ernst-Thälmann-Park Housing Complex. Berlin (Ost)

Mokka-Milch-Eisbar ‘Kosmos’. Cottbus

Y-Hochhaus. Dessau

Hochhaus Pirnaischer Platz. Dresden

‘Scheiben’ Housing Complex. Halle (Neustadt)

City-Hochhaus. Leipzig

Terrassenhaus, Schmarl Housing Estate. Rostock

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Author: Zupagrafika. Publisher: Zupagrafika. ISBN 978-83-947503-4-3

Kino International posters: inspired by films produced in DDR, designed by Zupagrafika.

Distribution in Germany: Koenig Books; UK: Turnaround; Poland: Bęc Zmiana  I  © Zupagrafika 2017

'Modern East' is now available in our online  

and bookshops around Europe. 

Author: Zupagrafika

Publisher: Zupagrafika

ISBN 978-83-947503-4-3

Printed in Poland
Eco-friendly cardboard & paper

Contains 9 paper cut-out
models celebrating post-war
architecture of the former
German Democratic Republic

Berlin (Ost)




Halle (Neustadt)