Haus des Lehrers
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Although plans are afoot to radically redesign Alexanderplatz
, the square is still dominated by socialist buildings whose architectural beauty still attracts attention. One of these, Haus des Lehrers,
is marked by an impressive 125 metre long mural which wraps its way around the building. Painted by Walter Womancka, this colorful depiction of "the perfect socialist life" is a classic example of the kind of art once promoted by East German authorities for propaganda purposes. Erected in 1964, the building represented a break with the monumental architecture of the Stalin era and a move towards a more cosmopolitan and transparent style. Originally built as a congress center for teachers, the building is now used for exhibitions and cultural events.