While looking at the design for listening posts and surveillance architecture, I came across these abandoned NSA stations in Berlin. This NSA Listening Station of Radar Domes on “The Hill,” was rumored to be a part of the global ECHELON intelligence gathering network. Other rumors include tunnels beneath the spy complex and others suggesting that by 1954, 1,200 calls could be recorded simultaneously, filling up more than 50,000 reel tapes. After the station was closed following the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was left abandoned and the equipment removed, the derelict buildings and radar domes still remained.
The images are quite beautiful and resonate an archaic feeling of the bygone state of monitoring, power and control.