hg Merz Architekten, Berlin/Germany
2000 — 2006
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.