The offices of our head of state - chancellor Gerhard Schröder - and 470 others. The Bundeskanzleramt was officially opened in 2001.
I dont really like its architecture from the outside but from the pictures I saw the building and attached garden is beautiful inside. The people of Berlin who give funny names to everything call it "Washing Machine".
Palast der Republik was the parliament building of the old communist DDR, a shining symbol of what a socialist capital could be. As well as the Volkskammer (DDR's parliament) this building also housed an entertainment centre and was irreverently dubbed Erich's Lamp Shop, a reference to Erich Honecker the DDR leader and the 1001 lamps hanging in the entrance.
In November 2003 it was finally agreed that the building be demolished, having deteriorated into a state of ruin since asbestos was discovered in 1990. The site will be left as a grassy space until funds can be found to reconstruct the Stadtschloss, Berlin City Palace, which had previously stood on the site.
Since the german parliament settled from Bonn to Berlin a lot of new buildings have been constructed close to the Reichstag. On the photo you see just a part of them. It is quite interesting to observe the architectural differences of new and old, nevertheless the combination works...the buildings are well integrated in the entire scenary.
This building on my picture houses the Federal Chancellery - the home and office of the German chancellor (currently Gerhard Schröder). It consists of a central structure nine storeys high - the executive building - flanked by two extended five-storey administrative wings.
You can love it or hate it. I was told that it’s called “washing machine”, by not its lovers, I suppose.
There were guided tours (free of charge) both for single visitors and groups up to 25 but advanced registration was necessary (long waiting period). Call +49-(0)18 88 - 400 25 26 to book it.
Newly built complex of governmental and German Parliament ("Deutscher Bundestag" in German) buildings was the most impressive and modern architecture I was lucky to see in Berlin. More: it was probably the most impressive example of modern office architecture I ever saw although the project was stll not completed in February 2004. Was it beautiful? Hmm... maybe yes, maybe not... :-)
Anyway if you like modern architecture take a walk around before they close the area (at least partly and/or from time to time) for the security reasons.
The Bundeskanzleramt is located in the complex of government buildings surrounding the Reichstag. It is the home and office of the German chancellor (currently Gerhard Schr?der).
I found this building quite neat. It, like most of the new buildings in Berlin, has an architecture that seems to open it up to the public and let you look inside, giving the sense that the German chancellor is more accessible to the public.
(I understand during state visits or sometimes just for kicks, the Chancellor will stand in one of the front windows, but at the time of my visit he was in Hanover.)
The residence of the Kanzler (Prime Minister) of Germany. Ok..not that it is a beautiful building, which it is NOT, lol, but it was fun looking at it, especially since I was told that it’s called “washing machine”!!!!
At one wall of the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus - where the ministry of finance is located now, there's an old communist style mural. I love them so of course I had to go and have a look. It shows impressions of the "Arbeiter und Bauernstaat" (Land of workers and farmers) GDR. Very impressive.... especially when you know how the workers and farmers were treated by the government ;-)
Since 2000 the Federal Council of Germany (Deutscher Bundsrat) sits in this huge old parliament building in Leipziger Straße which has been redesigned inside. I love the little garden in front of it, it's very stylish isn't it?
Home of our chancellor Gerhard Schröder. It´s the biggest home for an chancellor in the whole world. I don´t like its architecture really....
It´s right on the banks of the river Spree naxt to the Reichstag.
This how you see it from a Spree cruise...
When you visit the federal building, you can climb to the top for free. The dome allows you to view all of Berlin, and there are free brochures (in German) in panoramic form describing everything that you see.
This is were the German Chancelor (currently Gerhard Schröder) "works" ;-) This ... mmm, let's call is interesting ... building was built according to the preferences of our last Chancelor Helmut Kohl!
... north to the Reichstag, along the Spree river, features interesting modern architecture, for example the new "Kanzleramt".
I found this wandering areound the Reichstag area. I thought it was pretty cool but I can't say they make for very exciting reading. Photographing it was a trick as its quite reflective.