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The world’s largest government building
The office building where Germany’s chancellor and his/her staff work is a very modern and symmetrical structure which was planned during Helmut Kohl’s reign (1982 – 1998). Construction began in 1997. The Bundeskanzleramt (Chancellor's office), designed by the two Berlin architects Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank, was the last government building to be ready for occupation. When chancellor Gerhard Schröder moved in on 2 May 2001 moved in, the German government’s move from Bonn to Berlin was complete.
When you walk past the glass building opposite the historic and majestic Reichstag, you would not think that it is 36 metres high and holds a superlative: Including the park (7000 square metres), a helipad and the built area it measures 12,000 square metres and therefore is the world’s largest government headquarters. It is eight times as large as the White House (which, however, includes various other buildings that do not count in this calculation).
The central main building has nine levels. On the top level is the chancellor’s private apartment which measures a measly 28 square metres (most of the 200 square metres are rooms for official functions). No wonder that the heads of the German government are not keen to really live there. Angela Merkel lives near Museumsinsel, her predecessor only stayed in his apartment during sitting weeks and kept his first residence in Hannover.
Tourist guides and journalists call the Bundeskanzleramt “elephant toilet” (Elefantenklo) and “Kohllosseum”, also “washing machine” (Waschmaschine) and “federal washing machine” (Bundeswaschmaschine).
It is possible to visit Bundeskanzleramt under strict security measures, and you have to book long in advance.
Bundeskanzleramt: Chancellor's Office
The seat of the German Chancellor is a splendid modern building on the bank of the river Spree, on the former borderzone between east and west. It was constructed in 1997-2000 according to plans by architects Frank and Schultes.
The Bundeskanzleramt building consists of a central large cube with huge glass windows, set between two adjoining office wings. The architecture follows the "transparency" principle found in all the adjoining official buildings.
I visited Berlin in Autumn, and the trees outside the Bundeskanzleramt were blazing red (see second photo). Beautiful!
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The Bundeskanzleramt (Chancellor's Office) is a new building in the government area at the Spree in Berlin-Tiergarten.
The spectacular and monumental building ensemble of the new Federal Chancellery in the Berlin Spreebogen was planned by the Berlin architect Axel Schultes and could be obtained in 2001. With a total area of 12,000 m ² and a height of 36 m and one of the biggest government headquarters of the world is (8 times as big as the White House in Washington). The building also has living spaces next to the workrooms for the Chancellor. Chancellor Angela Merkel further prefers to live in her private flat opposite to the Museumsinsel. Your predecessor Gerhard Schröder used the premises also only during the working weeks while his family lived in Hanover.
This is the place where the german Chancellor resides. It was nice to see this building not only on TV.
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