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      Panorama picture: South façade 

      Top left: West façade 

      Right: East façade 

      Bottom left: Schlüter Courtyard




       

      BUILDING PROGRESS

        12 June 2015

        Topping out ceremony for the Berlin Palace—Humboldt Forum


        11 November 2014
        The structural work is basically completed. Currently, the reinforced concrete structures for the roof are produced.


        14 May 2014

        The ground floor has been completed.


        20 December 2013

        The ceiling above the basement is completed. Parts of the ground floor are being concreted


        7 September 2013

        The floor board is completed


        19 July 2013

        The ceiling above the archaeological basement is completed


        • CEO Manfred Rettig opens the ceremony

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation/ BILDSCHÖN

        • CEO Manfred Rettig opens the ceremony

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation/ BILDSCHÖN

        • Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Bernd Neumann, and Klaus Wowereit discuss the project with the presenter Nazan Gökdemir

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation/ BILDSCHÖN

        • Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Bernd Neumann, and Klaus Wowereit discuss the project with the presenter Nazan Gökdemir

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation/ BILDSCHÖN

        • Saichu Yohansyah playing the Javanese Gong

          © BMVBS

        • Professor Parzinger speaking

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation/ BILDSCHÖN

        • Saichu Yohansyah (Gong) and Gerd Anklam (Sax)

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation

        • Manfred Rettig and the foreman of the construction prepare the cartridge to be immersed in the foundation stone

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        • Federal President Joachim Gauck symbolically strokes the hammer three times

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        • Federal President Joachim Gauck symbolically strokes the hammer three times

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        • Federal President Joachim Gauck symbolically strokes the hammer three times

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation/ BILDSCHÖN

        • A Protestant and a Catholic cleric bless the foundation stone

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        • Over 500 guests attended the ceremony

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        • Arquitect Franco Stella is interviewed after the ceremony

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        • The foundation stone

          © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation


        12 June 2013

        Federal President Joachim Gauck laid the foundation stone for the Berlin Palace – Humboldt Forum in the presence of Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Bernd Neumann, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit. More than 500 guests attended the ceremony which was opened by Manfred Rettig, CEO of the Berlin Palace − Humboldtforum Foundation. Professor Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation outlined the future program of the Humboldt Forum in his speech.

         

        For a summary of the project see Germany.info.

         

        June 2012

        Federal Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Minister of State Bernd Neumann and Mayor Klaus Wowereit, initiated the work on the substructure and the construction pit for the Berlin Palace–Humboldt Forum on 21 June 2012. The laying of the cornerstone is then planned for 2013. By 2014, the work on the superstructure should be in full swing. Construction could be finished by early 2018. After fitting out by the organisations using it, the Humboldt Forum within Berlin Palace is due to open in mid-2019.

         

        In the northeast corner of the Palace Square lawn, opposite the cathedral, the work on constructing the sample façade for the Humboldt Forum within Berlin Palace has finished. It is possible here to see how the Berlin Palace’s historic façade is intended to look. The sample façade displays examples of all of the historic façade’s architectural decoration.

         

        The various materials (sandstone, masonry, window structures, etc.) are tested here for their suitability for use in creating the historic façade. The sample façade is thus used as a technical trial of detail solutions for the later structure. In addition display boards will provide information on the building project and on what will be in the Humboldt Forum. The sample façade reproduces one window axis across two upper floors of the south façade.

          • Visualisation of Stella’s design

            (Graphic is as per 2012 plans)
            © Golden Section Graphics

          • Northwest view

            © Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation/Franco Stella


          enhancement of the PRIZE-winning design

          Significant further work was done on architect Franco Stella’s prize-winning design prior to submission of the draft plans. The modifications related primarily to the large multifunctional events area, the public areas on the ground floor, and to the belvedere. Mezzanine floors were added.

           

          Facilities housed on the ground floo will include an auditorium with 690 seats, a multifunctional hall seating 520, seminar rooms, special exhibition halls, the Site History Museum, a lapidarium, the Restaurant of the Continents, the Bistro of World Cultures, a café and a museum shop/bookstore.

           

          The first floor will accommodate National Museums in Berlin’s library and audio archive, the Central and Regional Library Berlin and the Humboldt University’s sound archive. Located on the second floor will be the Ethnological Museum and on the third floor National Museums in Berlin’s Asian Art Museum.

           

          On the roof in the northwest corner there are plans for a rooftop restaurant, which is to be financed through private funds. From here you will be able to enjoy a fantastic view over the Lustgarten and down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate at its far end. The panorama terrace of the Humboldt Box already provides a foretaste of this wonderful view.

           

          Seen from the outside, the new building will have the historic ‘visage’ of the Baroque palace on three sides. Added to the east side will be a new, modern section, the belvedere. The interplay between old and new parts of the structure creates three public spaces within the building: the ‘Palace Forum’ pedestrian passage linking the Lustgarten and Palace Square, the largely reconstructed ‘Schlüter Courtyard’ and the covered entrance hall.

           

          The new building for the Berlin Palace–Humboldt Forum will have the palace’s original height, depth and roof design, as well as the same arrangement of floors to a large extent. The external walls will be built as solid masonry, keeping their original thickness and sculpted form. The dome is to be rebuilt to its original design, as are the inner portals inside the Palace Forum and the public areas on the ground floor.

           

          The new division of space inside the building is geared to the requirements of the Humboldt Forum. For future generations, however, the option will remain to rebuild historically important staircases and interior rooms, with no expensive interventions in the design or supporting structure necessary.

           

          A modern building behind the Baroque façade

           

          Sustainability and energy efficiency are a top priority in the building project. The plans include, for instance, a geothermal energy system that reduces the consumption of fossil fuels and thus lessens CO² emissions by utilising ground heat.

           

          The dictates of sustainability are met in all areas of the structure and the quality of the work. Accessibility for all is also guaranteed throughout. And processes tailored to sustainability in the operation, use and maintenance of the building are already being incorporated into the plans.

           

           

          Further planning options

           

          Not yet financed is the reconstruction of selected historic inner portals, including their corridors, or of the dome’s original decoration. Only the basic structure of the dome can be built within the strict cost framework. The decoration, from the lantern on the top down to the sandstone garlands around its base, cannot.

           

          With its resolution of 6 July 2011, the Federal Parliament’s budget committee expressly supported the architecturally significant options of reconstructing the inner portals and of completely rebuilding the dome in its historic form. It anticipates, however, that the funds for these additional jobs will be raised from donations. The Berlin Palace–Humboldtforum Foundation and the independent groups of supporters backing the project take this as a particular incentive to spur them on in their fundraising activities.

           

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