Transparency for the government
The spectacular architectural ensemble of the new German Chancellery was designed by Berlin based architects Axel Schultes und Charlotte Frank during the time (1982-1998) when Chancellor Helmut Kohl was in office. It is one of the most impressive structures in the newly created government district.
After the Bundestag decided in 1991 to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin, an architectural competition was announced for designing the governmental buildings along the river Spree. The German Chancellery, which is integrated in the “bond of the federation” consists of central part having nine storeys and an executive building in addition to shorter, long wings. The distinguishing characteristic of the executive building is the 18 metre high semi-circle located in the upper part of the façade. This is why some people even refer to it as the “washing machine.”
The glass façades of the German Chancellery, more than anything else, give off the impression of transparency: twelve metre soft stelas, which at first glance look like columns, give structure to the glass façades, thus creating perspectives in which the inner and outer part of the building merge with each other.
Inside the wings of the German Chancellery are located the offices of employees while the executive building is more for prestigious purposes. The entrance hall has the dimensions of a cathedral. The reception level of the Chancellor with its transparent design and balconies offers a wonderful view of the Tiergarten.
In the courtyard of honour, where guests of state are received, the monumental iron sculpture "Berlin" by Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida has been erected. Every September an "open day" is held when the headquarters of those in power can be seen.
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