ReconstructionBerlin Palace

The Humboldt Forum in Berlin Palace – Reconstruction of the façades

In the early 18th century, Berlin Palace was the most important baroque building north of the Alps. The palace suffered severe damage during the war. Unpopular with the regime at the time, the monumental building in the eastern part of the city was demolished in 1950 for ideological reasons. Now the Humboldt Forum in Berlin Palace is being rebuilt based on the design of Italian architect Franco Stella, who won the international competition for its reconstruction in 2008.

As part of the invitation to tender we were awarded the contracts for the north and south façades along with Portal I, Portal V and the balustrades as a consortium. This includes shop and installation planning, production of the stone masonry and sculptural stones and their installation including all masonry work.

The reconstruction made it essential to source sandstone from various quarries for approximately 3,500 cubic metres of high-quality stone masonry such as window jambs and lintels, cornices and columns, as well as close to 700 fully sculpted stone workpieces in a very short time.

Natural Stone

 - honed

Natural Stone:

Königgrätzer Sandstein

Surface:

honed,

Description:

Ochre-coloured, fine-grained sandstone from the Cenomanian/Late Cretaceous formation, Podhorni, Bohemia.

Project Data

Location:

Architect:

France Stella Projektgemeinschaft, Berlin
Prof. Franco Stella, Vicenza
Hilmer & Sattler und Albrecht, Berlin
gmp - Architekten von Gerkan, Marg & Partner, Berlin

Client:

Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss

Project Duration:

2014 -2017

Service

Scope of Service:

Façades North and South:

  • Provision of samples
  • Preparation of shop and installation drawings
  • Production and delivery of stonemasonry and sculptural workpieces
  • Installation and fixing of façade
  • Erection of brick masonry and installation of precast concrete structures
  • Sealing and plumbing works
  • Plastering and paint coating of certain areas

Portals I and V in consortium:

  • Provision of samples
  • Preparation of shop and installation drawings
  • Production and delivery of stonemasonry and sculptural workpieces
  • Installation and fixing of portals
  • Erection of brick masonry and installation of precast concrete structures
  • Sealing and plumbing works

Balustrade in consortium:

  • Provision of samples
  • Production and delivery of stonemasonry workpieces
  • Installation and fixing of balustrade
  • Installation of precast concrete structures
  • Sealing and plumbing works