Bundeskanzleramt (German Chancellery), Berlin

Exceptional architecture

In 1994, Berlin architects Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank won the competition to build the new headquarters of the German Chancellery (Kanzleramt) in the Spreebogen, a bend in the River Spree. The 'Band des Bundes' (the Ribbon of Government) designed by these two architects had already paved the way for the construction of parliamentary and government buildings on the site. The project’s principal was the Bundesbaugesellschaft Berlin company, commissioned by the Federal Government (Bund).

Extending over a floor area of 19,000 m2, the Kanzleramt is flanked on its northern and southern sides by two elongated wings housing administrative offices.

Between the two wings rises the nine-storey cube of the headquarters building, which, at 36 metres, towers over the surrounding buildings at twice their height. Spacious cabinet rooms, meeting rooms and a banqueting area and various other rooms are distributed over two storeys in the central building.

An exceptional architectural standard
The design of the administration building includes a well thought out reference to the Reichstag. Here too, a horizontal bisection has been incorporated and is distinctively visualised by an 18 metre-high semicircle in the upper areas of the building’s north and south facades. Free-standing stelae made of corrugated exposed concrete underscore the building’s inimitable structure. Fittingly, the horizontally divided glass facades facing the forecourt and Chancellery garden blend harmoniously with the overall complex.

The Kanzleramt impressively unites many elements that initially seem contradictory: glass and concrete, static equilibrium and movement, edges and undulations, transparency and solidity. Its consistently bold design has resulted in a building with an outstanding architectural character.

Black and white
The entire complex was equipped with JUNG‘s LS 990 Instabus system in black and white. Thanks to its wide range of functions, this intelligent building installation programme is particularly suitable for applications that need to deliver a diversity of uses to meet a range of demands as well as provide optimal integration of technology into an existing environment.