Government Precinct Tour
Office of the Federal President and Bellevue Palace, Official residence of the Federal President
Bundespräsidialamt und Schloss Bellevue, Amtssitz des Bundespräsidenten
Bellevue Palace, official residence of the Federal President, and the Office of the Federal President
In March 1994, the then Federal President, Richard von Weizsäcker, transferred his official residence to Berlin long before Parliament and the government had moved to the capital.
It was under von Weizsäcker's successor, Roman Herzog, that the decision was taken as to who would be responsible for planning the Office of the Federal President, to be built as an extension in the grounds of Bellevue Palace. The architectural competition was won by Martin Gruber and Helmut Kleine-Kraneburg. The oval building they designed has a dark, reflecting stone façade that blends discreetly into the surroundings of Tiergarten Park. It was officially handed over in November 1998.
The offices are accommodated in the elliptical outer ring and are connected via bridges with the inner block, which is not visible from the outside. This block houses the library and additional rooms. The inner courtyard is spanned by a glass roof measuring 1,000 sq.m.
The Federal Government financed a new park on the opposite side of the River Spree to compensate for the trees felled to make space for the new building. The former car park of the Office of the Federal President in what is referred to as the presidential triangle between Paulstraße, the suburban railway viaduct and the River Spree has thus been transformed into a public park covering an area of two hectares.
Bellevue Palace was built between 1785 and 1790 to plans by Michael Philipp Daniel Boumann for the younger brother of Frederick the Great. Later on it housed a Museum of Ethnology and served as a Reich guest house after 1938. It was restored in the 1950s and used as the official Berlin residence and Office of the Federal President.
Extensive refurbishment of the palace began in May 2004 with a budget around EUR 11.7 Million. Beginning of January 2006 Bellvue once again became the official residence of the Federal President.
Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung (2)