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Rebuilding the Reichstag Norman Foster

Rebuilding the Reichstag

Norman Foster

Published June 19th 2000
ISBN : 9780879517151
Hardcover
256 pages
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By one of the worlds most famous and distinguished architects, his remarkable account of the re-design of Berlins Reichstag--the home of Germanys parliament and symbol of a new and re-united Germany.In 1992, Germany decided to move its parliamentMoreBy one of the worlds most famous and distinguished architects, his remarkable account of the re-design of Berlins Reichstag--the home of Germanys parliament and symbol of a new and re-united Germany.In 1992, Germany decided to move its parliament from Bonn back to Berlin and to house it in the historic Reichstag. Sir Norman won the subsequent competition to use the shell of the building and completely re-think it as a symbol of a new age in the nations history. Opened exactly on time this May to coincide with Berlins new status as capital and once again as a great city, his design incorporates a glass dome, built above the assembly chamber, from which visitors can view the vibrant city below.Nearly demolished by the Nazis after its bombing in 1933, and heavily bombed during World War II, a patched-up Reichstag was used as a museum between 1958-72. Few buildings are so expressive of Germanys history. This major work, written by Foster with essays by others eminent in the field, reveals how this re-design reflects Germanys turbulent past as well as the hopes that accompany the destruction of the Wall between East and West and the re-unification of the nation. Archival material, many new photographs, and Fosters own sketches and drawings all serve to round out this timely work on the transformation of an iconic structure.