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Germany's parliament opens £108m visitor centre contest

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Germany has launched a competition for a new £108 million visitor centre for its iconic parliament building in Berlin

The two-stage competition – organized by the country’s Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning – seeks ideas for a new 3,750m² facility for visitors to the landmark building.

Originally known as the Reichstag, the 1894 Neo-Baroque structure – which is now home to Germany’s parliament or ‘Bundestag’ – was restored by Norman Foster sixteen years ago.



Source: Image by Cezary Piwowarski

View more images of Foster + Partners Reichstag Building in the AJBL

The proposed visitor centre will feature interactive displays, lecture facilities, a café, bistro and seminar rooms where MPs can meet visitors. It will be connected to the parliament building by an underground tunnel.

First stage proposals must demonstrate a ‘clear, functional approach’ towards improving visitor flows and integrating the structure into the surrounding landscape of Tiergarten park.

Shortlisted teams will share a joint honorarium of around £109,000 to participate in the competition’s second round.

The overall winner will take home approximately £72,500. A second place prize of £54,000 and third place prize worth £33,000 are also available.

The competition language is German and the deadline for submissions is 1 March.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Karin Mayer
Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning
Straße des 17 Juni 112

Tel: +49 30184017201
Email: biz.wettbewerb@bbr.bund.de
Fax: +49 30184017209

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