At Berlin-Hellersdorf, a settlement with more than 42,000 flats was erected in the 1980s within a very short time. The assembling of a flat in a special slab way - the so-called Wohnungsbausystem 70 - and its interior finish including all installations didn’t take longer than 18 hours. Accordingly simple was the furnishing: The doors ware made out of a wooden frame and cardboard covered with a foil imitating wood, the wallpapers were put on the blank concrete walls, the windowsill were made of light concrete. Felt or PVC fitted carpets quietened the steps. When the houses at the Grabenviertel were restored in 2004, the owner Stadt und Land Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH le tone of the flats unchanged and established it as a museum flat. All furniture and interior, most of them were donated by neighbours, are products of the GDR: the wall system made of chipboard, the Colorett colour TV set, the Velours lounge at the living room, bedclothes and grass wallpaper at the sleeping room, typing machine and record player at the study room and the chidren room. Books like the “Hotelführer DDR”, a manual for the Majomat (Magdeburg yoghurt machine), and the GDR typical house book are on the tables. At the kitchen with built-in furniture and the FORON cooker, one can see typical GDR products such as the sparkling wine Rotkäppchen-Sekt, Dederon-aprons, and patron Soda bottles. The 61 square meters big three room apartment, with a bathroom inside, was designed for families with one or two children. The apartments in Hellersdorf were quite popular in the 1980s; its rent was 109 DDR Mark only.
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