With the Humboldt Forum, a centre of art, culture, science and education opened in the historic centre of Berlin in December 2020. PERI supplied a large quantity of economical formwork and scaffolding solutions from a single source for the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace. In addition to this well thought-out overall solution, the project support provided by PERI engineers during construction ensured that all requirements were met and the construction schedule was adhered to.
Between the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz, close to the Museuminsel, the Humboldt University and the Berlin Cathedral, the reconstructed Humboldt Forum finds its place in the historical and cultural centre of Berlin. The most significant project is the reconstruction of the imperial city palace, which was heavily destroyed in 1945 and later completely demolished. In the post-war period, on the same site the GDR leadership built the Palace of the Republic, which was demolished due to high levels of asbestos contamination, thus making way for the reconstruction of the City Palace.
An architecture of contrasts
The architecture of the Humboldt Forum was designed by the Italian Franco Stella. It is characterised by contrasts – because in the reinterpretation of the Berlin Palace, traditional craftsmanship meets state-of-the-art technology and baroque meets architectural concrete. In the process, large parts of the original building were architecturally incorporated and combined with modern stylistic elements.