The German Chancellery

Berlin’s government-district in the so called ‘Spree bogen’ particularly impresses due its: In 1991 as Berlin combination of modern and historical buildings. This includes the German chancellery.

German Chancellery

The Background was chosen to be the capital city during German Reunification a competition began simultaneously to find the best designs for the soon to be made governmental buildings of the Spreebogen. Many architects from all over Germany and other countries competed for the task. Finally those that won were two Berlin architects – Axel Schulte and Charlotte Frank. They designed several government buildings including the new Chancellery.

Overall these buildings make up the so called “Band of the federal reform”. It is about an imaginary line connecting all the newly erected buildings, whereby this line is not cut off by the River ‘Spree’ running between, rather runs all the way to the other side.

This is symbolic of the unifying of East and West – hence the name “Band of the federal reform”.

The new chancellery is integrated into this line and with its modern architecture is a charming counterpart to the historical buildings in the district.

The heart of the Chancellery is the central building which comprises of nine floors and forms into a semi-circle on top external facade. Two wings are connected to the central building, which house the offices of employees. The central building itself is exclusively for presentation purposes e.g. for the reception of state officials for which offices are not suitable. Upon visits from state officials the Chancellor can retreat to an individual receiving level in the main building.

It also includes several balconies from which an impressive view of the entire Berlin Zoo can be seen. State visitors first travel to the courtyard where they are received by the Chancellor and are finally invited into the building.

The architecture of the Chancellery has been designed to accentuate transparency, space and simplicity.

Many of the edges have been rounded to create a harmonious, flowing image. Large glass facades allow for the transparency which is partly aimed at expressing that the government does not operate from a secluded palace rather can be seen by the people at any time.

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German Chancellery

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