National Library Berlin (»Unter den Linden«)

Berlin/2000  –  2012

The State Library in Berlin, originally erected under Emperor Wilhelm II, is one of the largest libraries in Europe and one of the most important academic research libraries in the German-speaking world. In 2012, it reopened in all its former glory. The centrepiece of the project was the rebuilding of the historic core, which was destroyed during the war. The aim was not to recreate the original construction, but to reflect the State Library’s modern outlook, unifying the building once again. The new main reading room, having the same proportions as the old reading room, won first prize at an international competition. It comprises a solid base topped by a glass cube, which, at night, transforms the building into an eye-catching highlight.