Photographer's Note

Government Buildings - Berlin

The Reichstag building in Berlin with its famous modern dome designed by Sir Norman Foster is of course the icon of the housing of German democracy today, but also the associated buildings designed the Munich architect Stephan Braunfels are of a great beauty.

Walking in northern direction over the large lawn in front of the Reichstag, the Paul-Löbe-Haus looms first. A multifunctional building serving the German Bundestag.

As we walk along the north façade to the east, we come to the border of the Spree. On the other side of the river we see the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus. It is the scientific service centre of the German Parliament.

The buildings are connected by two walkways over the Spree and it is clear in the architecture that they were designed by the same architect and build in the same period (around 2000).

The architect Stephan Braunfels studied from 1970 to 1975 architecture at the Technical University of Munich. In 1978 he founded his own architecture firm in Munich and in 1996 in Berlin. In 2004 he was appointed professor of urban planning at the Technical University of Berlin.

Today three more or less traditional photos. In my next post I will show you some more unusual, more artistic impressions.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus west facede ►

■ Picture 2: ◄ Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus w+s facede ►

■ Picture 3: ◄ Paul-Löbe-Haus, North facade ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5583 W: 327 N: 10782] (42276)
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