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The impressive Sony-Center complex, designed by Helmut Jahn and the construction began in 1996 and was completed in 2000 at a total cost of US$800M.

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The Sony Center contains a mix of shops, restaurants, a conference center, hotel, offices, art and film museums, cinemas and an IMAX theater. We watch most movies here as most foreign films are screened in original version (they called it OmU), where the other cinemas often shown foriegn films dubbed into German language.

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A spectacular engineer achievement is the roof structure: The fanned out tent roof from Stoffbahnen is fastened with tie rods to the steel ring, which rests upon the surrounding buildings. (See detail of the construction of roof: http://www.structural.de/text/pr-sony-e.html)

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Another engineering achievement was the relocation of the remains of the Esplanade, which was protected unde the German Landmark Preservation laws in 1989. See: The Grand Hotel Esplanade

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The cinema lies below the Platz…

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The colourful platz…

Jing

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