Modern East: Build your own paper socialist modernist and brutalist architecture

Omnipresent plattenbau housing estates, monumental hochhäuser, cosmic milk bars; 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 is the latest offering from design studio Zupagrafika that celebrates socialist modernist and brutalist architecture of former East Germany and allows you to playfully reconstruct some of the most intriguing edifices erected between the early 1950s and late 1980s.

From the massive plattenbauten of Rostock, through to the icons of DDR-Moderne, like Kino International or Haus des Berliner Verlages, to the demolished relict of East Germany`s heydey – Mokka-Milch-Eisbar 'Kosmos'. All models feature detailed illustrations of the original facades before their renovation.

The kit includes nine illustrated paper models to cut out and assemble, a forward on the history of Deutsche Demokratische Republik architecture by Florian Heilmeyer, a short information on each building, and easy to follow instructions. Purchase your own at