Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Berlin - Regierungsviertel / Government Quarter ...

... map Parliamentary Quarter and surroundings ...

... Reichstag view from Soviet War Memorial,
Tiergarten Park ...

... A modern parliament in a historic setting:
was the vision that inspired the transformation
of Berlin’s Reichstag Building into the new seat of
the Bundestag. It was consistently upheld by

the world-famous British architect Lord Norman
Foster, who was commissioned to
it into reality ...

source: bundestag.de

19 April 1999: The German Bundestag takes possession
of the rebuilt Reichstag Building in a ceremony.
The architect, Norman Foster, presents the President
of the German Bundestag, Wolfgang Thierse,
with a
symbolic key to the building.
The Bundestag moves
from Bonn to Berlin in July
and August. The first
regular week of sittings begins
in the newly refurbished
Reichstag Building
on 6 September. The following
day, the German
Bundestag celebrates its
fiftieth anniversary.
source: bundestag.de

... Reichstag Memorial to Murdered Members
of Parliament
(1992) by Dieter Appelt ...
... A memorial to commemorate the 97 Social
Democratic and Communist Reichstag delegates
who were murdered
by the National Socialists
is to be
found outside, to the south-west
of the Reichstag
Building, where thousands
of visitors queue daily
to visit the cupola.

Designed by the Berlin-based
artist Dieter Appelt,
this work consists of broken
tablets of Berlin
cast iron reminiscent of the narrow
at Jewish cemeteries and makes
an initially
modest, unspectacular impression.

Names and dates are inscribed along the upper
edges of the tablets, as are the places where the

victims died, places that document a terrible past:

Buchenwald, Mauthausen, Ravensbrück, Bergen-

Belsen, Berlin-Plötzensee, Theresienstadt …

apparent unobtrusiveness of this artwork,
is about ten metres long, is intentional.
The desire
was not to present the National Socialist
strikingly as a startling revelation, but as
a catastrophe
that quietly descended on Germany
the acquiescence of far too many
of its people.

source: bundestag.de

... the Reichstag Building, where thousands
of visitors queue daily
to visit the cupola ...
source: bundestag.de

... warm pretzels and
Bundeskanzleramt in distance ...

... entrance to Bundestag Station / Kanzler U-Bahn ...

... the Televison tower in distance ...

... The Paul Löbe Building, by architect Stephan Braunfels,
rises in Berlin’s parliamentary and government
quarter just a
stone’s throw away from
the Reichstag
Building with its glass cupola ...

... Bundeskanzleramt Berlin, main seat since 2001,
designed by Charlotte Frank and Axel Schultes ...

... view Bundeskanzleramt and Moltkebrücke / bridge ...

... spring at Bundeskanzleramt ...

... the Spree River and Bundeskanzleramt

... the Haus der Kulturen der Welt was formerly known
as the Kongresshalle / conference hall, a gift from
the United States, designed in 1957 by
the American architect Hugh Stubbins Jr. as
a part of the Interbau exhibition ...
... John F. Kennedy spoke here during his June 1963
visit to West Berlin ...

source: en.wikipedia.org

... on the terrace of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ...

... Schwangere Auster /the Pregnant Oyster is
the nickname
for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt/
House of World Cultures (former Congress Hall)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is Germany's centre for non-European art.
... It presents cultures from outside Europe via
contemporary art exhibitions, films, theatre- and
dance performances, lectures, concerts
and congresses.

... view Bundeskanzleramt from the terrace of
the Haus der Kulturen der Welt...

... the Spree River, Bundeskanzleramt and
the Television tower in distance ...

... Berlin Carillon Tiergarten, view from
Haus der Kulturen der Welt ...

Carillon in Berlin Tiergarten ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is located in a freestanding tower next to the House of World
Cultures, near the Chancellery in the northeastern part
of Berlin's central Tiergarten park
... Berlin carillonneur Jeffrey Bossin plays concerts on the carillon
every Sunday at 3 p.m. from the beginning of May until the end
of September and on the more important national holidays
(2 p.m. in December); the programs include music written
for the carillon and arrangements of classical works
and popular songs .

The Reichstag building ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a historical edifice in Berlin, constructed to house
the Reichstag parliament of the German Empire.
It was opened in 1894 and housed the Reichstag
until 1933 ...

Bundeskanzleramt /German Chancellery
... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Occupying 12,000 m2 , it is also one of the largest government
headquarters buildings in the world.