1. prize winner of the European-wide design competition 1997
total completion 2002
gross cubic volume 59,090 m3, usable floor space 5,732 m2, building costs (cost class 300+400 net) 21.9 Mio Euro
States of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony
Bollinger+Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt
energy concept, building services engineering
Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme, Freiburg i. Br.
technical building equipment
Scholze Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Stuttgart
Ingenieurbüro Heinrichs, Büttelborn
Thomas Eicken, Mühltal; Simone Rosenberg, Hamburg/Düsseldorf
The Representation of the Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein is centrally located between the Bundesrat and Bundestag (Upper and Lower House of German Parliament) and between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburger Tor. It is also situated directly next to the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe.
Text from the design concept in 1997:
'The Representation of the Federal States in Berlin are imaginary places in terms of their importance – imaginary because the significance of their representation is far more important then that of the actual buildings function. They represent the national federal principle, the Federal Council and with that, a modern and complex society. The function of the building itself is however, limited to offering office, administration and lodging spaces. The task therefore is to find a type of architecture that does not purely represent and portray the buildings spatial functions. ...
... Two compact building structures stand parallel to one another – parallel so that they are read and understood as equal bodies. The space between the two building structures represents a type of "l'espace imaginaire". It acts as a connection between the Bundestag, Bundesrat, the adjacent Memorial for the Murdered Jews and other testimonies of German history ...
It forms a center without solid mass'
The Representation of the Federal States today:
The Representation of the states of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein represent the states on an economic, cultural and political level. It is a piece of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein situated in Berlin.
The central atrium has been proven to be a very successful space where exhibitions, poetry readings, lectures, company presentations, receptions, parties, press conferences and political talk shows are held as well as a place for internal events such as parliamentary evenings, technical meetings and meetings concerning the provincial government.
Due to the special room acoustics, numerous concerts are also held in the atrium. The State Representation building has thus become a fixed place in the political realm of Berlin. Not only has the atriums functional attributes been successful but the structure itself is very energy-efficient. The atrium stays at a comfortable and cool temperature in the summer without any use of air-conditioning and needs a minimal amount of floor heating in the winter.
Cornelsen+Seelinger worked on the detailed planning and supervision of the entire project from the design competition, the tenders, construction management, cost and time management of the building from 1997–2002 as well as the extension of the entrance hall in 2008 and, to this day, on further ongoing adjustments.