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New construction of the Central and State Library, Berlin

New construction of the Central and State Library
New construction of the Central and State Library

Project description

Excerpt from the jury's decision: "As a long, extended structure, the library occupies the building site north of the airport in a manner which is as self-confident as it is natural. The building structure is characterized by an extremely wide-spanned concrete construction serving to divide the library into functional levels. The building lies over the parcel and generates in its interior numerous urban locales and situations. It defines the library as a place for public activities and a general meeting place for the populace extending beyond the functional importance of a municipal library. It is a megastructure which is not diminished by its proximity to the Tempelhof Airport. The jury recognizes it as an architectural manifest far exceeding the actual task at hand." The structural support is comprised of just a few main bearing components: The double-walled flanges which encompass the building and the hollow-box construction within the building which combine to form a monopod, the table. Together, these architectural features act as a tripod.

Project information

Awarding authority
Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt, Berlin, Germany

Competition
First Prize, 2013

Services
Structural engineering

Contact person
Dr.-Ing. Josef Taferner

Team
Kohlmayer Oberst Architekten GbR, Stuttgart, Germany
Bergmeister GmbH, Vahrn, Italy
Glück Landschaftsarchitektur, Stuttgart, Germany
Krawinkel Ingenieure GmbH, Krefeld, Germany

Photocredits

Kohlmayer Oberst Architekten