2015 ANNIV 8A. #1 THE RICH & THE FAMOUS ANNIVERSARY Issue 2015 - Germany's Iconic Reichstag Dome by Norman Foster JPGPhotography and Text By Heide Van Doren Betz

The Reichstag, Berlin, Germany. The rooftop dome by Norman Foster, has become a symbol of Berlin.

 

 

Germany’s Iconic Reichstag Dome By Norman Foster

 

 

 

The Reichstag building houses the German Parliament, the Bundestag, which is equal to the American Congress. It has created attention and discord since its inception. Originally begun by Kaiser Wilhelm I and then built in the 1890s under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck, it became a symbol for Germany. In 1933 in what became to be known as the “Reichstag Fire”, Communists were accused of burning down the building. There was never proof of who actually burned the building. The remaining ruins, including the original dome, were further destroyed during World War II. Over the years, partial reconstruction took place and the building was used as an occasional conference center.

 

Inside the Reichstag dome with a view of one of the main building towers.

Inside the Reichstag dome with a view of one of the main building towers.

 

After the reunification of Germany in 1990, and the move of the capital from Bonn to Berlin, the reconstruction of the Reichstag building began. In 1995 the artists Jeanne-Claude and Christo wrapped the entire building in white material, which created a sensation in the art world.

 

Inside view of one of Norman Foster's architectural masterpieces, the Reichstag dome.

Inside view of one of Norman Foster’s architectural masterpieces, the Reichstag dome.

 

Internationally famous British architect, Sir Norman Foster, was chosen to update the interior and create the glass dome on the roof of the Reichstag. The glass dome is environmentally friendly and energy efficient since the reflections of the mirrors of the central cone direct light and warmth to the chambers, the Bundestag, below. Interestingly, the top of the dome is open, and very cold in the winter. Two steel ramps allow visitors to walk up and down and enjoy a complete panoramic view of the city of Berlin.

 

The central mirrored, spiral inside the dome. The dome provides light and energy for the offices of the Bundestag below.

The central mirrored, spiral inside the dome. The dome provides light and energy for the offices of the Bundestag below.

 

In addition to the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag has become one of the most famous landmarks in Germany. The restaurant on the top, Käfer, is definitely worth a visit.

 

EU flag atop the Reichstag.

EU flag atop the Reichstag.

 

 

One of the four towers of the main building. The four towers fly three German flags and one EU flag.

One of the four towers of the main building. The four towers fly three German flags and one EU flag.

 

 

And around the corner, an exhibition of skeletal horses by Gustavo Aceves titled "Lapidarium". This is just outside the Brandenburg Gate, Germany's other recognizable landmark. The exhibition was commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

And around the corner, an exhibition of skeletal horses by Gustavo Aceves titled “Lapidarium”. This is just outside the Brandenburg Gate, Germany’s other recognizable landmark. The exhibition was commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

 

 

 

 

One Response to “THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS – Germany’s Iconic Reichstag Dome By Norman Foster”

  1. Andrew Stewart | 01.16.16 at 11:25 PM said…

    Been there, done that. WUNDERBAR!!!!!!!
    (And yes, I do know the history.)

 

 


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