The district of Hellersdorf-Marzahn on the outskirts of eastern Berlin is to receive a facelift in the form of a giant mural dedicated to the historic architecture of European cities. The work will be carried out by French art collective Cit de la Cration, which has already transformed a housing estate in Lyon, making it one of the citys most popular tourist attractions. Nicknamed the Europa Quarter, the project in Hellersdorf is to tranform 64,000 sqm of bleak, rundown facades on six housing blocks along the Hellersdorf Promenade into a European village featuring traditional houses from 40 European cities from Madrid and Warsaw to Paris and Amsterdam. The 5 million mural is part of a 15 million renovation paid for by the owner of the housing blocks, Austrian property giant Level One.
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