State Library Berlin

hg Merz Architekten, Berlin/Germany

Planning time:
2000 – 2006

Construction time:
2005 – 2012

Services rendered by Werner Sobek:
structural engineering and facade engineering

Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung, Berlin/Germany

Hans-Joachim Krumnow, Berlin/Germany

The new central reading room of the State Library in Berlin is a glass cube with a multi-layer facade. For logistic reasons the loadbearing structure consists of prefabricated concrete elements that are joined together by specially developed mounting units. The outer facade consists of a double-layer glass facade that is linked to the structure by binder-like steel fins. The interior façade is a translucent textile membrane.