BRENDEL, Johann Gottlob David

Exterior view

Castle folly, Pfaueninsel, Berlin

There is a stark contradiction between the design and the furnishings of this "Schloss" built in 1794-97 on Pfaueninsel in Berlin. Apparently ruined and reminiscent of medieval castle gatehouse, the interior of the building contains, among other things, a room decorated in a Tahitian style with painted palm trees. Moreover, the two towers were linked in 1807 by an iron bridge, highlighting the contrast between the "medieval" building and the most up-to-date building technology. Fanciful building like this, in all possible styles, were constructed in virtually every princely residences in Germany, large or small.