Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners

London, GB



The transformation of the Reichstag is rooted in four related issues: the Bundestag's significance as a democratic forum, an understanding of history, a commitment to accessibility and a vigorous environmental agenda. As found, the Reichstag was mutilated by war and insensitive rebuilding. The reconstruction takes cues from the original fabric; the layers of history were peeled away to reveal striking imprints of the past - stonemason's marks and Russian graffiti − scars that have been preserved as a 'living museum'. But in other respects it is a radical departure; within its heavy shell it is light and transparent, its activities on view.

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Status: Built
Location: Berlin, DE
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Structural Engineer: Arup/ Shlaich Bergermann & Partner/ Leonhardt Andrä & Partner
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon & Everest/ Buro Am Lutzowplatz
M+E Engineer: Kaiser Bautechnik/ Fischer- Energie and Haustech/Planungsgruppe Karnasch-Hackstein/ Kuehn Associates
Lighting Engineer: Claude Engle