"My building is covered in grey sprayed-on concrete"
Typical East German plattenbau
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTypical East German plattenbau - Credit: Michael Sander

The term plattenbau (platte meaning panel, bau meaning building) refers to these type of buildings, constructed from large prefabricated concrete slabs. This is typical of East German housing after the 1960s, which was made cheaply and as quickly as possible to meet the demand for housing. The intention in the Eastern Bloc – or rather, the ideal – was to provide housing for all, alongside schools and shops, calculated according to need.